In his final game in the Bronx, Derek Jeter presented to his fans one more breathtaking moment which will Live in their hearts for ever.
“With one out and a baserunner on second in the bottom of the ninth, Jeter took the first pitch he saw and lined a walk-off single to right field to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The 14-time All-Star was mobbed by teammates after he rounded first base as a sellout crowd of 48,613 fans went into a frenzy,” reports The Huffington Post.
“I want to thank everyone here. I’ve said it time and time again. Everybody is chanting ‘Thank you, Derek.’ And I’m thinking to myself, ‘For what?’ I’m just trying to do my job. Thank you guys,” an uncharacteristically emotional Jeter said. “If I’m going to be honest with you, these last few weeks have gotten tougher and tougher. I’ve told you members of the media I didn’t want to talk about it because I try not to think about it. But it was very, very difficult. But it was all worth while.”
Derek, whose name was chanted by New York Yankees fansÂ seemingly throughout the wholeÂ game, drove in two RBIs earlier as well. The 40-year-old put his team on the board when he launched a double to left field with his first at-bat of the game, then scored to tie it at 2-2. In the seventh frame, Jeter drove in two more runs (only one earned) after O’s shortstop J.J. Hardy made a throwing error on a softly hit ground ball.
Jeter revealed to the mediaÂ after the tremendous game that he plans to play in the Yankees’ final series of the season at Fenway Park, but also said his final home game was “probably” the last time he’ll play shortstop too.
âYeah Iâll play in some capacity. To be quite honest with you, I think this is probably my last game at shortstop. I want to remember that view I had right out there today,â Jeter said. âOut of respect to the Boston fans and the rivalry I will play in some capacity.â
âItâs been a surreal experience,â Jeter tolater told of his departure. âWords canât begin to describe the warmth from all of the well-wishers. I never expected it. The love from the fans is what Iâm going to miss the most.â
After hugging his current and former teammates,Â as well asÂ with his former manager Joe Torre, the star of the dayÂ walked toward the middle of the diamond to thank the Yankees fans for the last time. Even the Orioles players stayed in the dugout and applauded him. Almost immediately after the dramatic and fitting finish, several players throughout Major League Baseball were quick to honor Jeter on Twitter.
“Wow just wow. Jeter ur the man. Obviously I want to win but ur a class act and the game and ur peers will miss u more than U know,” he tweeted.