Derek Jeter Caps His Baseball Career With Bombers In The Bronx,A WINNER–Republic Reporters New York[RR] New York–On Thursday night Derek Jeter capped his baseball career in the Bronx,a WINNER, as New York Bombers beat Orioles, 6-5, in front of 48,613 customers, who witnessed a second-inning throwing error, but saw their hero go 3-for-5 with three […]
Derek Jeter Caps His Baseball Career With Bombers In The Bronx,A WINNER–Republic Reporters
New York[RR] New York–On Thursday night Derek Jeter capped his baseball career in the Bronx,a WINNER, as New York Bombers beat Orioles, 6-5, in front of 48,613 customers, who witnessed a second-inning throwing error, but saw their hero go 3-for-5 with three RBIs, sources told Republic Reporters.
New York Post, reported that, “The Iceman was melting Thursday night in front of a packed Yankee Stadium crowd that was showering him with love for the last time and had no idea it would witness the final colossal moment of Derek Jeter’s career.
“There were times during the day that Jeter’s emotions tightened his throat and turned the edges of his eyes damp. The drive to the Stadium for the last time as a player almost produced tears. Jeter had to turn his back when teammates presented him with a painting and a watch before the game against the Orioles.
“Yet, that was nothing compared to the fact Jeter, the man who only showed joy on a baseball field, was falling apart rapidly.
“There were a couple of times where I almost lost it,’’ said Jeter, whose storybook, game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Orioles in front of 48,613 delirious customers, who witnessed a second-inning throwing error but saw their hero go 2-for-5 with three RBIs. “In the first inning I was thinking, ‘Please don’t hit it to me.’ In the last inning I almost lost it.
“I don’t know how many times I didn’t want the ball hit to me. A couple of times I almost broke down. I almost told [manager] Joe [Girardi] to get me out of here before I cost us the game.’
For record, on September 2003, Jeter goes 3-for-4 with a stolen base in a 6-2 Yankees victory over the Orioles in The Bronx. It is the team’s 100th win of the season and second of three consecutive years in which they win 101 games or more.’, post reported on its board.
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Yes, that was Jeter talking. A five-time World Series winner, one of the best players ever and a Yankees icon was admitting the moment almost got him.
Actually, it started in the clubhouse when he almost left the room without his game cleats. And he forgot his elbow pad during his first at-bat.
Yet, of course, it all worked out because it was Jeter. And when he ended it with a sharp single to right (where else did you think it was going to go?), the love affair between the fans and Jeter reached its zenith.
Mobbed by his teammates between first and second and hugged by former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Gerald Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre on the field, Jeter went to shortstop, took a look at the fans in the outfield seats and squatted. After a round of interviews, Jeter, who has played his final game at the only position he ever wanted to play and did, toured the infield, connecting with the fans who got what they came for.
Consider that what had to happen for Jeter to be the hero one more time in The Bronx was improbable, even for Jeter.
David Robertson started the ninth with a 5-2 lead and gave up a two-run homer to Adam Jones and a solo blast to Steve Pearce that tied the score. Suddenly, a crowd that had made it feel like the old Stadium all night was mute.
After Jose Pirela started the buzz with a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-runner Antoan Richardson went to second on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice bunt and Jeter strode to the plate with his parents in the front row behind the plate.
“Don’t cry,’’ Jeter said when asked what he was thinking while walking to the batter’s box.
O’s manager Buck Showalter didn’t have a lefty up for Brian McCann, the next hitter, so he didn’t intentionally walk Jeter, a move that would have been highly unpopular.
Kuroda immediately settled down after the first-run homers. He allowed one hit in the following five frames, didn’t face a batter with a runner in scoring position and retired 15 of the following 17 batters. Besides De Aza’s third-inning single that was erased by a double play, the only other base runner was Johnson, who reached on Jeter’s throwing error in the second. One pitch later, Richardson was rounding third and heading for home with the game-winning run and Jeter was jumping with his arms pointed toward the sky.
“Jose got a hit, I got him over and Jete gave everybody what they wanted,’’ Gardner said.
The best ending would have been Jeter delivering the winning hit in Game 7 of the World Series, but the consolation prize wasn’t bad.
“I wouldn’t have believed it myself,’’ Jeter said of the ending that capped his days in pinstripes.
“I know a lot of people have had much more talent than I do during the course of my career, but I can honestly say I don’t think anyone played harder.”
Or better when every eye in the house was glued to him.
Credit: New York Post