Well, hello there everybody. Welcome to This Week In Yankees Baseball. This week, we are going to celebrate four great Yankees, and four great moments in Yankees history.
Derek Jeter: On Thursday night, Derek Jeter´s final game at Yankee Stadium, we witnessed a Miracle In The Bronx. Behind The Captain´s bat, the Yankees had built a 5-2 lead against the Orioles going into the top of the ninth inning. David Robertson was on the mound, intent on closing it out.
Sep 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) celebrates hitting a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports
But a two run home run and a solo shot by the Birds tied it up. As fate would have it, Jeter came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run on second base. And Derek concluded his last at bat at Yankee Stadium with his patented inside out swing to drill a walk off single to right field to give the Yankees the 6-5 win!
Derek said later that despite battling nerves all night long, he snapped right back into total focus when Baltimore tied it up. Some story book ending for The Captain. But Yankees´fans have learned through the years that The Captain finds a way to rise to the occasion.
Jeter said, according to MLB.com,“This is all I’ve ever wanted to do, and not too many people get an opportunity to do it.” “It was above and beyond anything I’d ever dreamt of. I’ve lived a dream.”
“The whole thing was special. I wasn’t expecting something like that,” said Rivera, who was also visited by the president of his native Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, on Sunday. “Seeing my ex-teammates and the whole stadium packed with a lot of flags and fellow Panamanians. [There were] a lot of emotions. It was more than what I was thinking.”
There’s been a lot written in the last few years about the pain that I’ve played with. But I want you to know that when one of you fans, whether it’s in New York or anywhere in the country, say “Hi Mick! How you feeling?” or “How’s your legs?,” it certainly makes it all worth it. All the people in New York, since I’ve been here, have been tremendous with me. Mr. Topping, all of my teammates, the press and the radio and the TV have just been wonderful. I just wish I had 15 more years with you. Thank you very much. ”
“For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4th, 1939. Mandatory Credit: Getty Images.