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Farewell, Captain: With a walk-off win, Derek Jeter says goodbye to the Bronx

Yankee Stadium has been Derek Jeter's home for twenty seasons, and on Thursday night, he was scheduled to play his final home game against the Orioles. But there was some worry it might not happen at all. It rained almost all of Thursday in New York, until about fifteen minutes before the first pitch:

We're not saying the heavens themselves wanted Derek Jeter to play, but we're not saying they didn't. 

Sun shining, Jeter ran out into the infield and was greeted by a roar loud enough to drown out the sounds of the subway overhead. Loud enough, probably, to drown out the noise from the rest of New York City itself:

Fans also found visual ways to let The Captain know how much they cared:

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But it wasn't just the fans. Even the earth itself rose up to pay tribute to him. Okay, maybe not the whole earth. Maybe just a few pieces of it in the infield at Yankee Stadium, specifically the bases themselves, which were emblazoned with some of Jeter's career feats:

In his first at-bat, he hit his 544th career double, putting him past Tony Gwynn and at number 30 on the all-time list:  

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And in the seventh inning, in what could have been his last plate appearance, he knocked in the go-ahead run with a broken-bat fielder's choice, with help from an error by J.J. Hardy.Then, he tipped his cap to the crowd one last time …

No, of course that's not what happened. You think he's about to leave you like that? Steve Pearce tied up the score again in the ninth, giving Jeets one more at-bat, during which he hit a walk-off single, because of course he did. He's Derek Jeter:

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Of course, a certain Twitter jinx culprit/Mets beat reporter wanted to take credit for it:

But whether it was social media mojo or not, it proved that even in a career as long as his, there is still room for the unexpected. Yes everyone, on Thursday night, Derek Jeter submitted to his first Gatorade shower:

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But of course there was more celebration:

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With teammates from now:

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Teammates from then:

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Well-wishers from around the Leagues:

And briefly, by himself, when he bowed down to the place in the infield he'd stood for so many years:

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Visibly holding in his emotions, Jeter gave his last post-game interview, thanking the fans for all of their dedication and support: 

Then he saluted the crowd once more:

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And walked into the clubhouse for the very last time:

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Farewell, Captain. You will be missed.