Alright I know that most people think the Yankees suck but even if you hate them in general or are a die hard Red Sox fan there is one man you have to respect, “The Captain” Derek Jeter. Jeter is approaching one of the biggest milestones in baseball, 3000 hits, and currently has 2,966, leaving him with 34 to go. He has been the “cover boy” for Major League Baseball for years and it is only appropriate to take a look at his top 5 moments.
5.) The Jeffrey Maier game. A most likely Jeter fly out turns into one of the biggest and most popular home run’s in baseball history. Little Maier reacher over the wall in game 1 of the 1996 ALCS deflecting the ball over the fence and giving Jeter another big hit and home run.
4.) Most hits by a Yankee. On September 11, 2009, Jeter passed Yankee Legend Lou Gehrig for most hits all-time by a Yankee with 2,722.
3.) Oh what a dive! Who can forget Derek Jeter’s amazing dive in the stands after running down a pop up against the Boston Red Sox in the 12th inning on July 1, 2004. Diving head first and all, Jeter made the catch and came out busted up but looking like a boss.
2.) Mr. November. Reggie Jackson, Mr. October. Yes we know that, but who said there couldn’t be a Mr. November? Right after midnight on November 1, 2001, Jeter hit a walk-off homer to win it in game 4 of the World Series giving him that legendary nickname. That was the first time baseball was played in November in the era where baseball counts. The post season was pushed back a week due to 9/11.
1.) Smell ya Giambi…A.K.A. The Flip. If you saw this play, which you probably have, it’s baseball at its finest. When the ball was overthrown and missed the cutoff, Jeter was magically there to back it up and made a perfect flip to Jorge Posada who made the tag just in time on Jeremy Giambi. The Yankees at the time were holding on to a 1-0 lead.
There you have it folks, Jeter at his finest.