Derek Jeter Makes a Career of Signature Moments

SportsLiferCorrespondent IIJuly 13, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for career hit 3000 while playing against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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While most ballplayers don’t have a single signature moment, Derek Jeter has a career full of them.

The Yankee captain even has a signature play—the Jeter jump throw from deep shortstop—which he’s performed dozens and dozens of times throughout his 17-year career.

Here are 10 signature moments that define Derek Jeter.

1. 1996: The shortstop comes through in the clutch in his rookie season. His two-out, bases loaded single up the middle delivers the winning run in the 10th inning of a 12-11 Yankee victory over the Red Sox.

2. 1996: In the game that made Jeffrey Maier famous, Jeter’s eighth-inning home run ties to the score and the Yankees go on to beat the Orioles, 5-4, in Game 1 of the ALCS.

3. 2000: Jeter leads off Game 4 of the Subway Series with a first-pitch home run to spark a 3-2 win, then hits another homer in Game 5 to earn the World Series MVP.

4. 2001, The Flip: From out of nowhere. Jeter catches an errant throw and flips to ball to catcher Jorge Posada to nip Jeremy Giambi at home and preserve a 1-0 Yankee win at Oakland that turned the ALDS.

5. 2001: With the score tied in the 10th inning, Jeter hits a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the World  Series to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, and earn a new nickname: Mr. November.

6. 2004: Jeter catches a pop fly against Boston and dives into the Yankee Stadium stands. He comes out bruised and bloody, but the Yankees come out a winner in 13 innings.

7. 2005: With the Red Sox coming off their first world championship in 86 years, Jeter hits a walk-off home run to beat Boston and closer Keith Foulke 4-3 in the second game of the season.

8. 2005: Jeter hits the first—and thus far only—grand slam of his career against the Chicago Cubs in the Bronx, sparking the Yankees to an 8-1 victory.

9. 2009: Captain Jeter passes Captain Gehrig with a third-inning single to right and becomes the all-time hit leader for the Yankees with 2,722 hits.

10. 2010: Jeter joins the exclusive 3,000 hit club with a home run and caps a 5-for-5 day with a game-winning single in the eighth as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 5-4.