The hoopla was unreal on Thursday night in The Bronx as New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter played his final home game in a Yankees uniform before heading to Boston to close out his final season in the game this weekend.
And in his final home game, Jeter had one final heroic moment with his first walk-off hit since 2007 to set off a wild celebration on a night that was supposed to have a planned, scripted ending. After nearly homering in his first at-bat but getting a double instead, Jeter drove in two runs on a fielder's choice error to give the Yankees a lead.
But in the top of the ninth, closer David Robertson gave up two homers to Baltimore to tie the game and force the Yankees to play a bottom half of the ninth with Jeter due up second in the inning. The plan all along was for Jeter to exit the game from shortstop with two outs in the top of the ninth, take a victory lap and exit stage left alongside several Yankees greats who were in attendance.
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But the two home runs changed that, and Jeter took the first pitch he saw to the opposite field for a game-winning single to send Jeter off a winner, like he was so much before. It was pretty much a perfect script that went against the script.
As a noted Yankees hater, who is just indifferent toward Jeter, the coverage all season was a bit much. But you best believe yours truly was tuned in at the beginning and end of Thursday night's game, especially after it became apparent Texas Tech's defense is still awful.
Love him, hate him or just don't care about him, it was a great baseball moment for one of baseball's all-time great figures.