Hey sports fans welcome to another edition of fanaticsport. Every year around this time I do a huge post on the MLB All-Star game. This year I’m going to do things a little different, The 2014 All-Star game is very special to me. This will be the last All-star game for my favorite player, the captain, Derek Jeter. To pay tribute to one of the best short stops of all time, I decided to make a post counting down the top moments of DJ career. Let take a trip down memory lane, and see why Derek Jeter has been to the All-Star game 14 times in 20 seasons.
10. Derek Jeter’s first hit
May 30th, 1995 vs. Seattle
They say “good things happen to those who wait.” In 1995 Derek Jeter had to wait 6 at bats before he was able to put his first hit in the book. Jeter’s first hit was a line drive single off of a split-fingered fastball from Tim Belcher of the Seattle Mariners. It seems insignificant now, but as the rapper Drake would say Jeter started from the bottom now he’s here”.
9. Stolen base leader
May 28 2011 vs. Seattle
All thought Jeter isn’t the fastest guy on the field anymore, he dose hold the record for the most stolen bases in Yankee history. Jeter passed Yankee great Rickey Henderson, with his 327th stolen bases came off of Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez. The craziest thing about this record is that Henderson only played for the Yankees for four years. Holding this record just proves that Derek Jeter is great in all facet of the game.
8 Jeter’s first gandslam
June 18, 2005 vs Cubs
Jeter’s first grandslam came off Cubs reliever Joe Borowski . This grandslame helped the Yankees win 8-1
7. World Series home run
Game 4, 2000 vs New York Mets
Many kids my age won’t remember this first pitch home run hit by Derek Jeter in the 2000 world series, but I’m sure Met fans do . This home run was the sixteenth leadoff homer in World Series history; it also extended a thirteen-game hitting streak in the World Series for Jeter. This home run helped give the Yankee’s a 3-1 lead in the series witch set the stage for a game 5 victory. To give the Yankees there third title in three years.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHX8mmuodew
6. Becoming the All-time hits leader
September 11th 2009 vs Oriels
Jeter became the team leader in hits in 2009, braking Lou Gehrig record that was held for over 70 years. For Jeter to hold this record proves he is the best of all time.
5. Jeter and Jeff
1996 ALDS vs Oriels
Now I can’t be sure if this is a Derek Jeter highlight or a Jeffery Maier highlight. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, in 1 of the 1996 ALDS Jeter hit a ball that looked like 1t could have been caught by right fielder Tony Tarasco. At the last second 12 year old Jeffery Maier reach out and grabbed the ball. The hit was ruled a home run and tied the game 2-2. Check the video and see for yourself.
4. MR. November
Game 4 November 2001 World Series
The reason World Series was played in November was because of 2001 of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The reason Jeter is call Mr. November is because, with the clock striking midnight on October 31 Jeter hit a walkoff home run to tie the series 2-2 and help and help heal an ailing city. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jWXg6orGQ
3. Jeter’s 3000 hit
July 9 2011 vs. The Rays
Jeter became the fourth youngest player ever to reach the milestone of 3000 hits. Jeter was able to hit a home run off Ray’s pitcher David price to complete his quest for 3000 with an exclamation point.
2 The Dive
This was one of the most courage’s catches I have ever seen! With a man on first and third and the game tied in the top of the 15th against the rival Red sox’s, a ball was hit just over third base in fair territory. Just as it looked like it was going to drop in for a hit, Jeter swooped in to make the diving play which sent him crashing into the stands. This play shows it doesn’t just take talent to be a Yankee it also takes hart.
1. The Flip
2001 American League Division Series
With two outs in the 7th inning and the Yankees leading 1-0 and the tying run on first. A ball was hit just out of the reach of first basemen Tino Martinez the ball rolled into right field and was picked up by right fielder Shane Spencer who over threw the cutoff man . Meanwhile Jeremy Giambi was rounding third. Jeter came charging across the field grabbed the ball on a bounce and flips it to catcher Jorge Posada, who tags Giambi in mid stride. This is in my opinion the greatest play in Jeter’s career.
This video gives me chills