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#25 Mr. October, Move Over, Enter Mr. November.
No one personified what it means to be a New York Yankee than Derek Jeter did over the span of his twenty-year career with the team.
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And it was an oddity of fate that brought the Yankees Captain that brought Derek Jeter to the plate just as the clock chimed signaling that Halloween was now officially over and we now in November.
Jeter’s home run would follow a game-tying blast off the bat of Tino Martinez and provide the Yankees with the hope that somehow they could overcome the likes of Arizona starters Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson.
Jeter describes his thought in a post-game interview cited by the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR):
"“When I first hit it, I had no idea whether it was going to go out, but once it goes out, it’s a pretty special feeling. I’ve never hit a walk-off home run before, so it was a special experience,” said Jeter, who added, “The first time I faced him [Kim] I bunted the first pitch, so I didn’t get an opportunity to see him. Any time you have someone throwing side-arm or under-arm, it is going to take a few pitches to pick up his release point. I think the second time I was able to see a lot of pitches, so I think that helped.”"
Jeter would go on to set a record for the most hits ever recorded by a Yankee (3,425), but the Yankees would ultimately fall to the D’Backs in this World Series on a bloop bleeding heart single off Mariano Rivera.