"I need to get a tape of the game. It was a like an out-of-body experience."
- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, during his final game in New York, at a press conference
'You can’t even dream this stuff up': Derek Jeter had a hard time stepping into the batter’s box in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the fans over the past two weeks and all the final moments at home in a 20-season career, the always cool captain of the Yankees was about to break down.
“I almost started crying driving here today,” Jeter said Thursday night after New York’s 6-5 win over Baltimore. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. … Today I wasn’t able to do it.”
What he was able to do was give New York one more amazing moment in a career full of them, driving in the winning run in the ninth with — what else? — an opposite-field single to right field.
Even though he was playing the first game of his career at Yankee Stadium with the team eliminated from the playoff race, Jeter leaped high with both arms raised after touching first base and was embraced by his teammates.
The 14-time All-Star then lingered on the field, seemingly not wanting to give up the only job he ever hoped to have — shortstop for the New York Yankees. (Photos: Elsa/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Bill Kostroun/The Associated Pres, Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)
The cutest thing you’ll ever see.
|—||Farewell Captain (via catherinejeanpowell)|
Today is a sad day, the classiest man in baseball is hanging it up. It’s the end of an era. The end of everything I have ever known as a New York Yankee fan. I honestly feel really sad about this, I feel like I haven’t appreciated watching him for nearly 20 years enough. Jeter is an absolute legend and will always be my favorite player. Thank you Jeter.
This is actually kind of sweet.
The last day on the fence. 20 years, I don’t know what I will do without you.