Derek Jeter can be inducted into the Corridor of Fame on Sept. 8. The Put up is counting down his 10 finest moments main into The Captain’s huge day in Cooperstown.
4. Jeter’s 1996 ALCS dwelling run towards the Orioles, because of Jeffrey Maier
Derek Jeter hit the house run, however Jeffrey Maier was the rationale why.
In Recreation 1 of the 1996 ALCS towards the Orioles, the Yankees trailed 4-3 with one out within the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Jeter, with the bases empty, hit a deep fly ball to proper subject. Outfielder Tony Tarasco appeared as if he had been going to make the catch, however Maier, an 11-year-old Yankees fan, gave Jeter an help, reaching over the fence and deflecting the ball over the wall.
It ought to have been dominated fan interference, however right-field umpire Richie Garcia missed the decision, and the Yankees tied the rating 4-4. When Bernie Williams hit the game-winning dwelling run within the eleventh inning, it cemented Maier’s place in Yankees’ lore — and because the defining second of an important yr for Jeter.
The 1996 marketing campaign was Jeter’s rookie season, one wherein he was named AL Rookie of the Yr after batting .314 with 10 dwelling runs and 78 RBIs.
That October was his coming-out social gathering. Jeter batted .412 within the Yankees’ ALDS victory over the Rangers and .417 within the ALCS victory over the Orioles. On Oct. 26, Jeter scored the game-winning run —and had an RBI single and a stolen base —in Recreation 6 of the World Collection because the Yankees closed out their first championship since 1978 by beating the Braves.
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Jeter stated that 1996 title was particular as a result of it was the one one in every of his 5 World Collection victories wherein the Yankees was not favored. The Yankees misplaced the primary two video games within the sequence to the defending-champion Braves, earlier than rattling off 4 consecutive victories. It began a stretch of 4 World Collection wins in 5 years for the Yankees.
“It was the primary. You always remember your first,” Jeter advised The Put up in 2016. “That was the start. The Yankees hadn’t gained in a very long time. You keep in mind the joy within the Stadium. You keep in mind the joy within the metropolis.
“The Boss [George Steinbrenner] stated if we gained he’d preserve us collectively and we continued to win.”