Seriously, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball. When Derek Jeter stepped into the box for the first time in 2013, he dribbled the first pitch he saw down the third base line, beating it out for an infield hit to start his season, the Derek Jeter way.
So in just his second game of the season over two weeks later, Jeter, coming off a quad injury, stepped into the box to face Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore.
This time, he thought that he would make the occasion a little more special when, again, on the first pitch he saw, Jeter launched the pitch over the wall into the right field bleachers in a moment that only Derek Jeter could seem to create.
It was a moment that caused me to quote the great John Buck: “I don’t believe what I just saw!”
I’ve watched a lot of baseball this year and in years prior, but never before have I seen something so special like what I witnessed on Sunday. Coming from the man who draws standing ovations everywhere he goes, the man that plays with total class on and off the field and the man who thought he would make his 3,000th hit a home run as part of a 5-for-5 day.
It’s like every day Jeter finds a new way to build his legacy as not just a baseball player, but as a New York Yankee. No matter who you are or what team you root for, you can’t go a day without respecting the way he plays the game.
Sunday was just another example of what makes Jeter as great as he is. No matter the moment, he can handle it with ease and make the outcome whatever he wants it to be.
Gavin Ewbank is a New York Yankees writer for Rant Sports. Follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for more Yankees talk.