Derek Jeter will probably 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.
3. Jeter’s 2001 Recreation 4 World Sequence walk-off homer
After the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on the World Commerce Heart, the town of New York was in ache and mourning. Its residents wanted a hero to select them up.
The Yankees helped restore the town by taking a few of the focus off the tragedy with a run to the World Sequence. They fell behind Arizona two video games to 1, however wouldn’t quit for his or her beloved New Yorkers.
“I don’t know if the assaults added to the will and have to win for us,” Jeter informed ESPN 10 years later. “I feel what it did is it form of gave the followers of New York, Yankee followers, the individuals in New York Metropolis one thing that they might cheer for, for no less than three hours a day as a result of it was robust occasions and other people didn’t have an excessive amount of to smile about.
“We felt as if we have been enjoying for extra than simply the Yankee group. We felt as if we have been enjoying for all New Yorkers.”
As a result of MLB had pushed the season again per week after 9/11, Recreation 4 was Oct. 31. Tino Martinez had hit a two-out, two-run homer within the backside of the ninth to drive further innings, and the Yankees and Diamondbacks have been tied 3-3 heading into the underside of the tenth. With the bases empty and two out, Jeter stepped to the plate to face Byung-Hyun Kim. The clock turned to midnight as Jeter fouled off the primary pitch — making it the primary MLB sport performed in November.
On the time, Jeter was simply 1-for-15 within the collection. He battled again from an 0-2 depend to a full depend, fouling off three pitches after strike two. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Jeter sliced a fly ball that simply cleared the wall in proper subject for the game-winning house run.
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For Jeter, it was one of many moments that cemented his legacy and earned him the nickname “Mr. November.” For Yankees followers, it was a second that gave them hope not only for the remainder of the collection (although the Yankees misplaced in seven video games), however for the town’s future. It was additionally the second that “The Captain” had waited for his entire life.
“Once I noticed it exit, I feel that was the primary walk-off house run I had in my profession, and as a child you all the time dream of hitting a walk-off house run within the World Sequence and to really do it’s one thing,” Jeter mentioned.
“I don’t actually know if I can describe the way it felt going across the bases. However it feels such as you’re floating. I bear in mind it. I attempted to take pleasure in it and go searching nevertheless it occurred so rapidly, it was over with earlier than you already know it.”