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Derek Jeter gets 3 RBI, game-winner in final Yankee Stadium game

By Marcus Hondro     Sep 25, 2014 in Sports
Derek Jeter has long possessed one of baseball's great flairs for the dramatic and he exhibited it yet again in his final game at Yankee Stadium. This time he did it in the bottom of the ninth with his final at-bat at home as a Yank.
It was in a meaningless game but the 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles did not feel meaningless to Jeter and fans when he came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to the Orioles, who've already clinched a berth in the postseason, getting homers in the top of the inning from Adam Jones and Steve Pearce to tie the game, Jeter got one more chance to hit in the bottom half of the inning.
Three Jeter teammates, Jose Pirela, Brett Gardner and Antoan Richardson, each played a part in the legendary shortstop's winning heroics. Pirela led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and Richardson was brought in to pinch-run. Gardner sacrificed him to second and after Jeter smacked a sharp, hard single into right-field, Richardson rounded third and slid into home just ahead of the throw from right-fielder Nick Markakis.
The famed number 2, his teammates, the crowd and notable former Yankee-teammates in attendance all jumped high in celebration, with Jeter raising his arms in triumph. The final pitcher to face Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium? The (aptly surnamed?) Evan Meek (0-4).
Jeter, who retires in just a few days, and who has been the subject of many tributes as he's made his way around MLB stadiums this season, doubled off left-center in his first at-bat on the night and finished 2-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored.
Derek Jeter - Batting AVG and HR by Season | FindTheBest
The Yanks didn't make the playoffs but have a three-game set to play in Boston against the Red Sox (yes, it seems wrong his last MLB game will be in Boston) before Jeter is officially done. Following the dramatic win he said it was his final game as a shortstop as he wants his last memory at his position to be from Yankee Stadium; he added that "out of respect" for the Red Sox and their fans he would DH in his career-ending series.
Derek Jeter will finish sixth all-time in hits in MLB and with five World Series championship rings.
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