3. “3,000, history with an exclamation point!”
As hard is it may be to believe until Derek Jeter came to the Bronx, no New York Yankees player had 3000 hits. The closest was Lou Gherig with 2721. Jeter entered the 3,000-hit club on July 9, 2011. He hit a home run, pulling the ball to left at Yankee Stadium in the third inning off of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Jeter finished the game five-for-five and the Yankees went on to pull out a 5-4 victory.
2. Last hit of his career
On September 28, 2014, Jeter played the final game of his 20-year career, somewhat ironically at Fenway Park. He finished his legendary career with an RBI-single, beating out an infield hit down the third-base line which gave the Yankees a 3-0, third-inning lead. A very Jeteresque way to finish his career – husting out of the box to beat out an infield single. He never quit on a play.
1. Walk-off to a legendary career
During a Yankees-Orioles matchup on Septemeber 25, 2014, the legend of Jeter grew even greater after his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium. With the game tied at five apiece in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jeter came up to bat with one out and a man on second base.
In all too familiar fashion, Jeter used his famous inside-out swing for a single to right field. That was enough to knock in the winning run, for a 6-5 win. which gave the Yankees and his illustrious 20-year career one final walk-off victory.
This was a short glimpse into a legendary career made up of more moments than can be written about.