Derek Jeter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 8. The Post is counting down his 10 best moments leading into The Captain’s big day in Cooperstown.
5. Jeter’s final hit at Yankee Stadium in 2014, walk-off RBI single against the Orioles
The last time “The Captain” wore his cherished pinstripes was an emotional night.
In Derek Jeter’s final game, Sept. 25, 2014, 48,613 fans packed Yankee Stadium to catch their last Bronx glimpse of one of the best shortstops in the game.
“There were a couple of times where I almost lost it,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In the first inning I was thinking, ‘Please don’t hit it to me.’ In the last inning I almost lost it.
“I don’t know how many times I didn’t want the ball hit to me. A couple of times I almost broke down. I almost told [manager] Joe [Girardi] to get me out of here before I cost us the game.’’
Thankfully for history, Girardi did not cave in and remove Jeter. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees legend came to the plate with two men on for his last at-bat in The Bronx.
Even in a crucial moment, there was only one thing on the emotional Jeter’s mind: “Don’t cry.”
Jeter did not cry. He saved those tears for after the game. Instead, he took a first-pitch fastball and sent it to right field for a base hit, driving in Antoan Richardson from second base for a 6-5 win.
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The walk-off hit in his final home game was a storybook ending to a storybook career.
(Jeter did have four more at-bats, two apiece in a pair of games against the Red Sox in Fenway Park on Sept. 27 and 28.)
His career included 14 All-Star games, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, an AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1996, two Hank Aaron awards, a Babe Ruth Award, and a World Series MVP Award in 2000. He also led the Yankees to five World Series titles in his 20-year career.
“I wouldn’t have believed it myself,’’ Jeter said of his remarkable career. “I know a lot of people have had much more talent than I do during the course of my career, but I can honestly say I don’t think anyone played harder.”
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