Derek Jeter's Final Home At Bat: A Walk-Off RBI Single
Yankees legend Derek Jeter played in the final home game of his 20-year career Thursday night. You couldn't write a more perfect, a more Derek Jeter-y ending to this one: The Captain actually won the game twice for the Yankees, knocking in the go-ahead runs in the 7th inning, and then hitting a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th as well.
Here's what we thought was the first "last" at-bat in the 7th. It's a wacky sequence -- a ground ball that turned into an error resulting in an RBI -- and it seemed like a fitting way for the circus that was this final season to end:
Then David Robertson blew a three-run lead in the 9th, so Jeter came up again. Nice job David, setting up Jeets for the winner.
This is the REAL final at-bat (you might even call it final at-bat number... 2). On a 1-0 count, Jeter slapped an RBI single into right field, scoring Antoan Richardson to win the game, 6-5 (via MLB.com):
Of course. Of course this how it ends: not with a whimper, but with a BANG (get it?). Of course the Captain came through in the clutch. It's the most perfect ending to Jeter's career ever. Like, it was almost too perfect. Was this a Bud Selig conspiracy? Did the Orioles throw this one in collusion with David Robertson?
Whatever man, just enjoy the magic.
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