Derek Jeter has done it all for the New York Yankees. He is a five-time champion who has put up some of the greatest numbers in the prestigious Yankee history. Some claim to hate the Yankees, but they can’t possibly hate Jeter. He just seems to do everything right on and off the field. Here are the five greatest highlights of Jeter’s illustrious career.
#5 Derek Jeter Hits Number 3,000
The Yankees are the most storied franchise in baseball history. Players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig have all donned the pinstripes. Yet on July 9th, 2011 Jeter became the only Yankee in team history reach the 3,000 hit milestone when he launched a third inning homerun into the left field bleachers. This helped to further establish the Captain as one of the greatest Yankees ever.
#4 2001 Divisional Series
No one saw it coming as the Yankees faced elimination. The Athletics’ Jeremy Giambi was attempting to score on a ball hit to right field, Jeter raced across the diamond becoming the emergency cutoff man and redirected the ball to the plate. The play is just known as “the Flip”. Giambi was so certain to score he didn’t even try to slide, but instead he was tagged out. This play not only helped to swing the momentum to the Yankees for the game, but also catapulted them to a series win. Besides making “the Flip”, Jeter also batted a whopping .444 in the series with eight hits in eighteen at-bats.
#3 Tremendous Debut
Starting his rookie season, Jeter had high expectations. He not only lived up to these expectations, but he soared above them. On opening day against the Indians, Jeter smashed a fifth inning homerun off of Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez. He finished the game one for four and went on to an outstanding rookie campaign. During the regular season, Jeter hit .314 with ten homeruns and 78 RBIs. These numbers helped him win the Rookie of the Year. He was exactly what the club needed at the top of the order. He also helped to guide the team to a World Series victory, putting the perfect stamp on a fantastic rookie campaign.
#2 Mr. November
Game four of the 2001 World Series started on October 31st and ended in extra innings just after midnight on November 1st. With New York City devastated by tragedy, Jeter helped to lift the spirits of the city with one swing. Jeter lifted a 3-2 offering into the seats, propelling the Yankees to a game four walk off victory. Jeter who had previously shown clutch postseason performances earned the nickname Mr. November.
#1 World Series MVP
Performing well in the regular season is one thing, but winning a World Series MVP is truly special. When the stakes were high Jeter always seemed to step up. During the 2000 World Series, he may have had his greatest individual performance. He led off a crucial game four Yankee victory with a homerun, and hit a game tying homerun in the clinching game five. Through the series he hit .409 with an eye-popping .480 on-base percentage. He stepped up his game when the lights shined brightest.
Statistics all provided by Baseball Reference