Classic Rewind: The Captain's farewell

June 8th, 2021

Sometimes in baseball, everything comes together in ways that both defy belief and make perfect sense. Such was the case for Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter's final game in the Bronx -- a place where Jeter had created so many highlights and memories at both the old and new Yankee Stadiums -- on Sept. 25, 2014. Jeter, for anyone who doesn't recall this moment vividly, slapped a textbook, Jeter-esque single through the right side in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run and deliver one last walk-off win to the Yanks.

Everyone knew that Jeter was looming as New York's third man due up as the Yankees and Orioles began the bottom of the ninth tied at five. Focus intensified on Jeter in the on-deck circle after Jose Pirela led off with a single and Brett Gardner bunted pinch-runner Antoan Richardson to second. Just like that, there was Jeter at the plate. And just like that, on the very first pitch of the at-bat, Jeter went the other way for the perfect closing statement to his career. You can re-live that entire sequence below.

There was more to Jeter's last night in the Bronx than that ninth inning, of course. There was his last jog out to play shortstop in the field, when he was clearly struggling to hold back tears. Jeter also hit an RBI double to the wall in his first at-bat of the night. His manager, Joe Girardi, prophetically told the broadcast mid-game that he would love for Jeter's Bronx career to end with a walk-off hit. Plus, Yankees closer David Robertson had to blow a three-run lead in the top of the ninth just to set up Jeter's heroics. Catch all of those moments in the condensed game below.