That Derek Jeter fella sure has a flair for the dramatic, huh? (videos)
In case you hadn’t heard — right — Thursday night marked the last game Derek Jeter would ever play in the Bronx at the new Yankee Stadium, across the street from where the Jeter Legend was born in the old ballpark.
From the moment he took the field — actually, even before that — to when he stepped down off the field for the final time — there was a palpable electricity in the stadium, a buzz unlike any other, noticeable even from afar on a television screen.
His game-winning heroics, driving in a run in the bottom of the 9th inning with a walk-off single that gave the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles, certainly helped conjure up even more of the old magic as the entire scene played out.
But it started far earlier in the night, when he took the field for the final time.
And then there was his RBI double in the bottom of the 1st inning, a hit that enabled Jeter to pass Tony Gwynn on the all-time doubles list.
But of course, Jeter, a guy known for having a flair for the dramatic, saved his best for last, lining a single to right field to drive in the winning run and set off a celebration that exceeded anything one would expect from a late September game when the home team already has been eliminated from postseason contention. The reasons why are obvious.
MLB.com compiled a “Jeter Uncut” video that chronicles the moments in their entirety of the walk-off hit, from when he stepped to the plate until he stepped off the field.
“An out-of-body experience is the best way to put it,” Jeter said after the game, explaining how the evening felt, via The New York Times.
It would be understandable for Jeter to declare that this is exactly how he wants to end his career, as it couldn’t possibly get any better than what had just happened, but he said he intends to play in some way, shape or form during the three-game, season finale series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.
“Yeah I’ll play in some capacity. To be quite honest with you, I think this is probably my last game at shortstop. I want to remember that view I had right out there today,” Jeter said in a postgame interview, via the Boston Globe. “Out of respect to the Boston fans and the rivalry I will play in some capacity.”
Hey, whatever he wants to do, right?
(photo credit: Robert Sabo/New York Daily News)