More than sheer numbers, Derek Jeter's career has been defined by memorable moments. Going into the final season before he retires, a look back at what the New York Yankees has already done:
THE FLIP: The Yankees were facing a three-game sweep in the 2001 AL playoffs, but led 1-0 in Game 3 at Oakland. With a runner on first and two outs in the seventh inning, Terrence Long hit a line drive into the corner. Right fielder Shane Spencer's throw missed the cutoff men and wouldn't have made it home in time to keep Jeremy Giambi from scoring the tying run. But out of nowhere, Jeter swooped in, scooped up the errant throw along the first-base and made a backhand flip it to catcher Jorge Posada, who tagged out Giambi. Who'd ever seen such a play? The Yanks went on to win the game, and the series.
JUST SO JETER: His road to 3,000 hits bogged down in the summer of 2011, and his batting average slumped as he pressed to reach the milestone at Yankee Stadium. Then, only a couple days before the team left for a lengthy road trip, he struck. Jeter homered against Rays ace David Price, becoming just the second player to go deep for No. 3,000. Jeter finished with a flair that afternoon, going 5 for 5.
INTO THE STANDS: It was just a regular-season game, but is it ever just a regular-season game when it's Yankees-Red Sox? In July 2004, they were tied in the 12th inning when Boston put runners on second and third with two outs. Trot Nixon blooped a ball down the left-field line, well behind third base. Jeter ranged fast and far to reach out and make the catch in fair territory, but was going too hard to stop. Rather than risk being undercut by a short wall, Jeter made a dangerous, headfirst dive into the stands, momentarily disappearing among the New York fans. He came out a little dazed, with a bloody chin — but held on to the ball. The Yankees won in the 13th.
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