2. The Bloody Dive
Pure grit and hustle. As a coach you love to see this type of play from your All-Star shortstop.
You absolutely know that Jeter had an extra hop in his step knowing he was playing the Red Sox. Plenty of players could have taken the play off, waited for the next pitch, and moved on. Not The Captain. If you had to pinpoint a play that defined Derek Jeter’s career, this would be the one. The man just played the game with so much passion and heart.
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1. The Flip
“Derek Jeter with one of the most unbelievable plays you will ever see from a shortstop.”
Incorrect. This is one of the greatest plays in baseball history. Period. I don’t think this play gets enough credit. Forget the stage (ALDS Game 3), forget the throw (misses the cut-off), forget the Usain Bolt-type base-runner (Jeremy Giambi). The instinct, intelligence, and whereabouts from Derek Jeter on the play were incredible. This might go down as one of the smartest plays in baseball history and DJ made it look easy. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Jeter.
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Derek Jeter is more than just a baseball player. He’s a cultural icon, a future Hall of Famer, a trendsetter, a Yankee. He’s a Yankee in every sense of the word, and in a way, he’s carrying on that longstanding New York baseball tradition all by himself.
This weekend, a limited edition Derek Jeter New Era Hat Box will be releasing exclusively at Champs Sports. For any baseball collector, it’s a must-have because while Jeter’s career is rounding into its final turn, his memory will live on for generations. To celebrate, have a look at 10 of the defining plays and moments from the shortstop’s MLB career.
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If you can’t beat him, bean him.