Don’t feel bad if you missed the final home game for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Thursday. The amazing ending to Jeter’s 20-year career is most potent in the isolated video clip below.
Jeter’s final at-bat came as it would in a sports film from Disney: Bottom of the ninth, game tied at 5-all with one out and a runner on second. Legend steps into batter’s box at Yankee Stadium for what is likely his final appearance in font of the hometown fans. Then… BOOM! The 40-year old swings at first pitch, sending a liner to right field and scoring the game-winning run.
This kind of stuff doesn’t typically happen in real life.
The amazing 6-5 finish came against the Baltimore Orioles, the American League East Division champions. A small conciliation for New York fans as the Yankees will be watching the postseason from home this fall.
The forgotten man in all of this will forever be pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, and he’s probably alright with that. Richardson beat the throw to home plate and slid in for the win. That helped to set the stage for a fitting farewell to a capacity crowd as Jeter acknowledging those in attendance after being mugged by teammates as Frank Sinatra‘s “New York, New York” bled throughout stadium speakers.
Jeter walked out to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem on that final at-bat and finished the night 2-for-5 with 3 RBI (2 runners stranded and one strikeout) and a run scored.
Former teammates were there to say their goodbyes. Jeter proved yet again to be quite the host.