Jeter proved once again last night that, in addition to career numbers which are great, he has a flare for the dramatic in the biggest moments.
His game-winning single, his final swing in Yankee Stadium, will go down as one of the greatest baseball events of all-time. In twenty years from now, fans will look back and say it was every bit as significant as Ted Williams' final at-bat--a home run into the Fenway Park bleachers. That's because Derek's single was just so Jeterian, a solid line drive to right, while Teddy Baseball's blast played more into his game as a slugger. And while only 10,000 or so fans saw Williams' final game, Yankee Stadium was glistening with 48,000-plus on a damp, overcast night with a build-up that even had the normally cool and collective Jeter a nervous wreck.
But despite the nerves, Derek came through as he usually has over the last twenty seasons and showed why he was one of the greatest players of all-time. And one of its greatest winners, as well.