Several years after his death, the voice of legendary Yankees local announcer Bob Sheppard – the Voice of God, as it is known in the Bronx – could still be heard at Yankee Stadium, a recorded performance that was played multiple times. each local game:
“Now he’s hitting for the Yankees … No. 2 … Derek … Jeter … No. 2.”
For two decades, those words preceded a host of many iconic moments on the plate. Jeter won five career World Series rings, one that will almost certainly place him in the Hall of Fame, landed 3,465 lifetime hits and on Sunday – on Mother’s Day in the US – his number will be retired by the Yankees. from New York.
And while those titles and stats are impressive, it’s those iconic moments – not just with his bat, but with his glove on the ground and even in front of a microphone – that tell us the full story of the Captain.
Here are 10 of those moments, along with the other voices – the radio and television narratives – that add an exclamation point to so many times Sheppard featured it.
Jeffrey Maier’s home run
Yankees vs. Orioles • Game 1 SCLA • October 9, 1996
With the Orioles leading 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jeter, 22, and on his way to being awarded Rookie of the Year, hit a deep hit to right field. Tony Tarasco followed the hit all the way to the wall, where 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier caught her and led her to the seats. Jeter was credited with the home run and the decision stood, despite protests from Baltimore.
“… And a fan takes it, and they are going to decree it as a home run. I can not believe it!” – Jon Miller / WBAL
Top photo: Simon Bruty / Getty Images, Bottom photo: Mark Lennihan / AP Photo
The opening of the Subway Series
Yankees at Mets • Game 4 World Series • October 25, 2000
In the top of the first inning, on the game’s first pitch, Jeter hit a fastball deep into left field for a home run off Bobby Jones. Jeter was proclaimed MVP of the 2000 World Series, which the Yankees won over their city cousins Mets in five games.
“A home run for Derek Jeter on the first pitch of the game! ” – Jon Miller / ESPN
Top photo: NY Daily News / Getty Images, bottom photo: Mark Lennihan / AFP / Getty Images
Yankees at Athletics • Game 3 SDLA • October 13, 2001
With Jeremy Giambi at first base, Mike Mussina pitched to Terrence Long, who doubled down the right field line. Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer reached for her, but on his shot she surpassed the cut man. But Jeter, appearing out of nowhere, ran down the first base line to catch the ball and throw it to catcher Jorge Posada, who managed to put Giambi out at the plate.
“It’s out on the plate! ” – Jon Miller / ESPN
Mr. November’s home run
Yankees vs. Diamondbacks • Game 4 World Series • November 1, 2001
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in the first World Series in history that came to November – a game that actually started on October 31, but the clock passed midnight in the Bronx – Jeter homered. to leave the rival on the field against Byung-Hyun Kim and thus tie the series with Arizona.
“A home run … Derek Jeter sends her to the front row of the stands down the right field line and the Yankees win the game in the 10th inning and tie the World Series. ” – Jon Miller / ESPN
Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images
Yankees vs. Red Sox • July 1, 2004
Tied 3-3 in the 12th inning, Trot Nixon hit a weak fly to left field. Jeter accelerated his march and made the catch, but he collided with the seats of the stands at full speed, causing him to bleed from the nose. The play kept Boston from taking the lead, and the Yankees continued on their way to win the game 5-4 in 13 innings.
“Jeter at full speed, makes the catch. And fly until you fall into the stands! Oh, what kind of play for Derek Jeter! ” – Michael Kay / YES
Top photo: Linda Cataffo / NY Daily News / Getty Images, Bottom photo: AP Photo / Frank Franklin II
Farewell to the Stadium
Yankees vs. Orioles • Final game at the old Yankee Stadium • September 21, 2008
After beating Baltimore 7-3 in the final game at old Yankee Stadium, the players walked to the mound to greet the fans – and Jeter took the microphone to say goodbye to the House Ruth Built.
“There are some things with the Yankees that will never change. That is pride, tradition, and most important of all, we have the best fans in the world. ” — Derek Jeter
Top photo: Robert Sabo / NY Daily News / Getty Images, bottom photo: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images
The Hit King of the Yankees
Yankees vs. Orioles • September 11, 2009
Jeter singled off Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman in the third inning for his 2,722 career hit. That hit put him above Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig on the list of most hits in franchise history.
“Ah they have it! For 72 years Lou Gehrig has been the Yankees’ all-time hit leader, but now that position belongs to Derek Jeter. ” – Michael Kay / YES
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The fifth ring
Yankees vs. Phillies • Game 6 World Series • 4 November 2009
Jeter, along with fellow Yankees Core Four Mariano Rivera, became a five-time World Series champion when the Yankees beat the Phillies in the Fall Classic.
“The Yankees have won the World Series. It is the 27th World Series championship for the Yankees in their history. ” – Jon Miller / ESPN
The 3,000 hit
Yankees vs. Rays • July 9, 2011
The first player to have 3,000 hits as a Yankee? Of course Jeter, and he did it in style, hitting Rays ace David Price. The Captain finished the day 5-5 in a 5-4 victory.
“Hit high, hit deep, and he’s gone! He went home run. Derek Jeter takes the fence to tie the game. And there you have it, their 3,000th hit. ” – John Sterling / WCBS
The big end
Yankees vs. Orioles • September 25, 2014
In his final home game as a Yankee, Jeter accomplished an additional magic act in the Bronx. His unstoppable knockdown drove in the winning run in a dramatic 6-5 win over the Orioles.
“I mean, it’s like something out of a movie. ” – Jon Sciambi / ESPN