Top 15 Derek Jeter Moments

Top 15 Derek Jeter Moments

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Derek Jeter was honored at Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, the last he will play as he will retire at the end of this baseball season. His amazing MLB career has had no shortage of memorable moments, which is part of what has made him so beloved around the country. Here are the 15 that stand out the most.

15. Leads Off Game 4 of 2000 World Series With Home Run

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15. Leads Off Game 4 of 2000 World Series With Home Run

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Seemingly always clutch, Jeter stopped any momentum that the New York Mets had built up at the beginning of the series when he launched a lead off home run in Game 4. He set the tone with that hit and the New York Yankees would go on to claim the World Series title that year to give them their third in a row, as well as their fourth in five years.

14. Speech At Old Yankee Stadium's Last Game

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14. Speech At Old Yankee Stadium's Last Game

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On Sept. 21, 2008, The House That Ruth Built hosted its last regular season baseball game. While it wasn't quite the "Luckiest Man" speech, Jeter moved fans with an impromptu speech outlining how special playing in such a historic ballpark had been.

13. 2014 All-Star Game Send-Off

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13. 2014 All-Star Game Send-Off

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By far the most recent of Jeter's greatest moments, this year's All-Star Game provided quite the send-off. After being replaced in the fourth inning, he received a massive standing ovation and then made his way through the AL All-Star dugout, getting congratulated by each player and coach along the way. He returned to the field for one last curtain call and took it all in one last time.

12. MLB Debut

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12. MLB Debut

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Due to injuries at the major league level, Jeter made his major league debut on May 29, 1995. Despite the fact he went 0-for-5, it marked a turning point in Jeter's career, and in the history of baseball. It would be the first time Jeter would wear No. 2 in a Yankee uniform, and he will be the last to wear it, in all likelihood.

11. Wins 2000 All-Star Game MVP

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11. Wins 2000 All-Star Game MVP

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After going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Jeter was justifiably named the MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game in Atlanta. That would be his most successful year in terms of awards, and it would be his only All-Star Game MVP in his long and decorated career.

10. 2008 All-Star Game At Old Yankee Stadium

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10. 2008 All-Star Game At Old Yankee Stadium

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Much like this year's All-Star Game, The Captain was given a standing ovation when he was removed from the field at Old Yankee Stadium's last All-Star Game. Removed in the sixth, he proceeded to lean on the top railing of the dugout, where he would remain until the game ended in the 15th inning. In the league's longest All-Star Game, he had plenty of time to soak everything in.

9. 1996 ALCS Game 1, Jeffrey Maier Home Run

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9. 1996 ALCS Game 1, Jeffrey Maier Home Run

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In a rare moment where Jeter wasn't the star, he sent a deep fly ball toward the right field fence during Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Youngster Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to catch the fly ball and prevent it from being caught. Despite further review, it was ruled a home run and became an iconic Yankee moment, and it all started with a swing of the bat by Jeter.

8. Leads Yankees To 1996 World Series Title

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8. Leads Yankees To 1996 World Series Title

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The first of five championships that Jeter has won in his illustrious career came in 1996. While he didn't play as big a role in this championship run as he did in the other four, it was Jeter's first taste of championship baseball and based on how his career turned out, it's safe to say he found the taste sweet.

7. 2000 World Series MVP

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7. 2000 World Series MVP

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In possibly his best season in terms of achievement, Jeter earned the MVP in the Subway Series of 2000. Defeating the Crosstown New York Mets, Jeter was able to capture his fourth World Series title in just his fifth full season in the majors.

6. Jeter Named 14th Yankee Captain

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6. Jeter Named 14th Yankee Captain

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On June 23, 2003, the Yankees decided to name their star shortstop as the 14th captain in the team's history. He followed in the footsteps of several other Yankee legends and put a label on the leadership role he had been carrying out for nearly a decade.

5. Home Run Off David Price Is Hit No. 3,000

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5. Home Run Off David Price Is Hit No. 3,000

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Always doing things in dramatic fashion, Jeter sent a home run into the stands off of All-Star pitcher David Price for his 3,000th career hit. He became the first Yankee to accomplish the feat and he only continues to climb up the all-time hits leader board.

4. Jeter Becomes Mr. November

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4. Jeter Becomes Mr. November

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Since 9/11 delayed play in MLB, the World Series in 2001 was played later than usual. On Oct. 31, in Game 4 of the World Series, the Yankees were in need of a hero, but one didn't show up. Jeter waited until after midnight on Nov. 1 to come through with a walk-off home run. From that moment on, Jeter would simply be known as Mr. November.

3. Jeter Passes Lou Gehrig On Yankees' All-Time Hits List

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3. Jeter Passes Lou Gehrig On Yankees' All-Time Hit List

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On Sept. 11, 2009, Jeter clubbed his 2,722nd hit. That pushed him past the legend Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankees' all-time hit list. This feat was yet another notch on the belt for a true Yankee legend, as he made his case as the best Yankee of all time.

2. Jeter's Catch Diving Into The Stands

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2. Jeter's Catch Diving Into The Stands

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Even though it was just a regular season game on July 1, 2004, Jeter showed his grit when he dove head first into the stands to make a catch in foul territory. He came away with a bloody nose and cuts and bruises on his face, but he made the catch. It's through moments like this that The Captain showed that him making the play is all that mattered.

1. The Backhand Flip In 2001 ALDS

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1. The Backhand Flip In 2001 ALDS

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In possibly the most heads up play in baseball history, Jeter jetted over from his position at shortstop to grab an errant relay through at the first base line and flip on to catcher Jorge Posada to strike down Jeremy Giambi. It was a turning point in the series and propelled the Yankees to yet another World Series berth in 2001.

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