6 of the Most Memorable Derek Jeter Moments
There’s no question that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be a hall-of-famer after he retires following the 2014 MLB season. With five World Series rings, 13 all-star selections, and five Gold Glove Awards, he has also broken franchise records in career hits, stolen bases, games played, and at-bats. The man is truly one of the greatest players to ever wear the Yankees pin stripes.
Throughout Jeter’s 19-year career there have been many memorable moments. Here are just six of them.
1. The “Jeffery Maher” Home Run
In one of the most controversial yet memorable baseball moments in recent history, Jeter made his name as a clutch player in the 1996 World Series. In game one, the Yanks were down 4-3 when Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field. 12-year old fan Jeffery Maher was sitting in the right field seats and clearly reached over the fence to snag the ball, giving New York a home run. Baltimore Orioles right fielder Tony Torasco protested, but the call wasn’t changed. The homer tied the contest and helped the Yankees to go on and win Game 1, eventually taking the World Series title.
2. The “Flip” Play
Another incredible play that Jeter pulled off in his career was the amazing “flip” throw in game 3 of the 2001 ALDS against the Oakland Athletics when he threw out Jeremy Giambi at home plate. The play was important because it allowed the Yankees to keep their 1-0 lead and pull off the victory. They eventually made it to the World Series, where they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Regardless, the play lives on in sports history as one of the best ever.