Derek Jeter Honors Steinbrenner and Sheppard: Top Five Jeter Moments
Last week, Yankee captain Derek Jeter honored the recently deceased Yankee owner George Steinbrenner and announcer Bob Sheppard.
For that minute-long speech, it was hard not to think back to Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech, as Jeter's statements drew an explosion of applause.
These are the type of moments that transform this player into a captain, this shortstop into a winner, this Yankee into a legend.
Let's take a look at the other moments that have made Derek Jeter seem impeccable.
5. Where Did He Come From?
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Facing elimination in a scoreless game of the 2001 ALDS against the A's, Jeter came out of nowhere to cut off a bad throw from right field and flip it to Jorge Posada to tag out Jeremy Giambi.
The play loomed huge for the Bombers, as they won Game Three, 1-0, and won the proceeding Games Four and Five.
They would make it to the World Series, but lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
4. Jeter Pays Respect
Last week, after the passing of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard, the captain stood in front of a stadium full of Yankee fans to bid farewell.
The humility and respect shown by Jeter was noteworthy, even for his prestigious career.
Jeter embodied the sorrow and gratitude that New York has for those gentlemen.
3. Jeter Gets Bloody in the Bronx, 2004
Probably one of the best games between the Yankees and the Red Sox was one of the bloodiest for the captain.
In the top of the 12th, with runners on second and third with two away, Trot Nixon hit a ball to shallow left.
Jeter went on a full sprint, caught the ball and landed in the stands, cutting his face.
This was yet another game that was saved by Jeter, as they would win in the bottom of the 13th off of a walk-off single by John Flaherty after being down by a run to start the bottom frame.
2. The Numbers Don't Lie
On September 11, 2009, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig to become the Yankees' all-time hits leader.
With his 2,722nd hit, Jeter sealed his legacy as one of the best hitters to ever wear pinstripes.
1. The Birth of Mr. November
With the game tied at one and the clock striking 12, Jeter took on a new nickname.
His walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 12th in the 2001 World Series launched him into playoff immortality.
It was the second walk-off homer in two days for the Yanks.