We would have predicted a battle lost by George Patton, or the death of a Clint Eastwood character in an old Western, but not this. This moment was too good to be true; Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, in his final home game ever, leading the Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5.
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To make the story more magical, it happened in a time when no one thought it would be possible. Just about every Yankee fan in the world had that voice inside their head that said, “ No way, this can happen.” The same voice that muttered the words in their ear, “ What if he homers for his 3000th hit?”
David Robertson blew the save, and nobody seemed too upset. They knew it meant one thing—another Jeter appearance. Fans waited anxiously for manager Joe Girardi to send in a defensive replacement, but it couldn’t end that way. And not to sound cliché, it’s Derek Jeter after all.
With Antoan Richardson at second base, Jeter delivered a single, opposite field of course, and just like that his career at Yankee Stadium was over. The Yankees rushed the field and mobbed Jeter. He threw his hands up and screamed; his emotions were finally on display.
There have been millions of plays, books and movies written over the years, but this story is one we will never forget.
Congratulations Derek, from the entire staff at Yanks Go Yard, and to the millions of Yankee fans around the world that you’ve brought joy to!