Jeter Makes a Career of Signature MomentsPosted: July 13, 2011
While most ballplayers don’t have a single signature moment, Derek Jeter has a career full of them.
The Yankee captain even has a signature play — the Jeter jump throw from deep shortstop — which he’s performed dozens and dozens of times throughout his 17-year career.
Here are 10 signature moments that define Derek Jeter.
1. 1996 — The shortstop comes through in the clutch in his rookie season. His two-out, bases loaded single up the middle delivers the winning run in the 10th inning of a 12-11 Yankee victory over the Red Sox.
2. 1996 — In the game that made Jeffrey Maier famous, Jeter’s eighth-inning home run ties to the score and the Yankees go on to beat the Orioles, 5-4, in Game One of the ALCS.
3. 2000 — Jeter leads off Game 4 of the Subway Series with a first-pitch home run to spark a 3-2 win, then hits another homer in Game 5 to earn the World Series MVP.
4. 2001 — The Flip: From out of nowhere. Jeter catches an errant throw and flips to ball to catcher Jorge Posada to nip Jeremy Giambi at home and preserve a 1-0 Yankee win at Oakland that turned the ALDS.
5. 2001 — With the score tied in the 10th inning, Jeter hits a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the World Series to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, and earn a new nickname — Mr. November.
6. 2004 — Jeter catches a pop fly against Boston and dives into the Yankee Stadium stands. He comes out bruised and bloody, but the Yankees come out a winner in 13 innings.
7. 2005 — With the Red Sox coming off their first World Championship in 86 years, Jeter hits a walk-off home run to beat Boston and closer Keith Foulke, 4-3. in the second game of the season.
8. 2005 — Jeter hits the first — and thus far only — grand slam of his career against the Chicago Cubs in the Bronx, sparking the Yankees to an 8-1 victory.
9. 2009 — Captain Jeter passes Captain Gehrig with a third-inning single to right and becomes the all-time hit leader for the Yankees with 2,722 hits.
10. 2010 — Jeter joins the exclusive 3,000 hit club with a home run, and caps a 5-for-5 day with a game-winning single in the eighth as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 5-4.