Derek Jeter Hits Walk-Off Single At Final Yankee Stadium At-Bat
Derek Jeter ended his 20-year career with the New York Yankees Thursday night with a walk-off single in the ninth inning that won his final home game.
Derek Jeter Wins Last Home Game
It was an emotional night in Yankee Stadium, as Jeter took to the field one last time. The team captain received a lot of love from the fans in the stands, as well as those watching at home – hashtags in his honor, including #Re2pect and #FarewellCaptain, were trending all night on Twitter.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 26, 2014
Jeter’s retirement is underway, and, though his last game in the regular season isn’t until Sunday, Thursday night marked his last at bat in Yankee Stadium. It was also his last game playing shortstop. It’s fitting, then, that Jeter (aka 'Captain Clutch') would win the game for the Yankees at his last at-bat.
Jeter was immediately bombarded with hugs by his teammates, and the crowd went wild as Jeter took a victory lap around the field. In a press conference after the game, Jeter admitted he was emotional throughout the night, and told reporters that, when he went for his last at-bat, all he was thinking was “Don’t cry.”
When asked what he would miss the most, Jeter was quick to respond. “Everything, but most importantly, I’m gonna miss the fans. They’re what made this special,” Jeter said, eliciting screams from the crowd.
Jeter wasn’t the only star of the night. His young nephew became an overnight sensation when he tipped his ‘Re2pect’ hat to the camera in support of his uncle.
Derek Jeter's nephew. That's just awesome https://t.co/LkfX3RMKu8
— Jenny Williams (@40JennyWilliams) September 26, 2014
Celebrities Congratulate Jeter On Twitter
In a world where heroes are getting harder and harder to find, remember Derek Jeter for becoming one for the ages. #DerekJeter
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) September 26, 2014
Dear Derek Jeter, Thank you for being one of the good guys. You will be missed. Your legacy will live on. With respect and gratitude, Alyssa
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 26, 2014
And…scene. Congrats #DerekJeter
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) September 26, 2014
JETER. No words for that… #RE2PECT
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) September 26, 2014
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 26, 2014