Derek Jeter gave baseball fans one more moment to remember Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, delivering the game-winning hit as the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5.
"It was sort of an out-of-body experience," Jeter said. "It was a weird range of emotions. I was just trying not to cry.''
With Antoan Richardson on second in the bottom of the ninth, Jeter slapped a single to right to score Richardson and send the capacity crowd of 48,613 into a frenzy. Jeter was mobbed by his teammates and given an ovation by the Orioles, the team he had just defeated. Waiting for him near the dugout: former teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and former Yankees manager Joe Torre.
"I basically just said, 'Thank you,''' Jeter said, "because this is all I ever wanted to do. Not too many people have the opportunity to do it. It was above and beyond anything I dreamed."