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.
Jeter said he was in tears several times during the game.
“I’ve done a pretty good job controlling my emotions,’' Jeter said. “I try to hide them. I try to trick myself into not feeling those particular emotions. Today, I wasn’t able to do it.’'
After hugging his former teammates and Torre, Jeter walked around the infield, waving to the crowd. He stopped at shortstop and kneeled.
“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.”
You can watch it all in the video above.