New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced on Wednesday that the 2014 season will be his last. I almost don’t remember Yankee baseball without Jeter manning shortstop and it will be sad to see him go. I hope that he has a successful return to the lineup this season and goes out at the top of his game, but even if things don’t go as planned we Yankee fans have many great moments to look back upon. Here is a list of my five favorites.
5. The Jeffrey Maier home run: Truth be told the ball that Jeter hit in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series probably shouldn’t have been a home run, but it is still an iconic moment. The solo shot off of Armando Benitez was reeled in by an 11 year old fan Jeffrey Maier and caused outfielder Tony Torasco to have a fit as the Yankee Stadium crowd went nuts. The Yankees would go on to win the game in extra innings.
4. A home run for 3,000: It was July 9, 2011 and Jeter needed to hits to reach 3,000. Well he didn’t stop at just two but collected five hits on the day including a home run off of David Price for hit number 3,000. You have to love a guy that always seems ready for the big stage.
3. The dive into the stands: At the height of the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry in 2004 Jeter reminded everyone why Yankee fans love him so much. It was the 12th inning at Yankee Stadium and Boston’s Trot Nixon sent a pop up down the third base line. Jeter ran the ball down and wound up taking a header into the stands. He can up bloodied, bruised and with the ball for the third out of the inning. The Yankees would win the game in 13 innings.
2. A November to remember: During the 2001 World Series Jeter earned a new moniker Mr. November. He was given this name when he knocked a home run off of Byung-Hyun Kim of the Arizona Diamondbacks to win Game 4 in ten innings as the clocks in the Bronx hit midnight on November 1. It was the first home run to be hit in the month of November,
1. A flip out of nowhere: My favorite Jeter moment is the defensive play he made against the Oakland A’s in 2001 A.L. Division Series. The play simply known as The Flip kept the Yankees slim 1-0 lead intact and proved that Jeter just had a knack for being at the right place at the right time, just ask poor Jeremy Giambi.