“It Was Not a Movie” – Derek Jeter Finally Broke an Age-Old Myth Related to His Last Game at the Bronx

Published 11/22/2022, 2:25 AM EST

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A legendary icon of baseball, Derek Jeter became an enigma for baseball fans. His life on the baseball diamond was almost a work of magic. He led from the front and single-handedly took his team to victory on multiple occasions. Likewise, the heroics Jeter displayed in his game at the Yankee Stadium became a part of sporting folklore.  

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As long as Jeter played MLB, he remained a loyal soldier in the ranks of the New York Yankees’ force. He held the position of the shortstop on the defensive front and rose to the level of the Yankees’ captain. Jeter’s valiant efforts to achieve an astounding triumph at his farewell game at the Bronx earned him the nickname, ‘Captain Clutch’. 

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The Yankees were facing the Baltimore Orioles at Jeter’s final game on his home turf. While the Yankees were seemingly poised for an easy victory with a 5-2 scoreline, the tides changed at once. Yankees’ pitcher David Robertson got smashed for two home runs and the Orioles tied the game. Thus, when the top of the ninth inning ended, the scoreline read 5-5. 

Derek Jeter debunks a long-standing mystery  

Derek Jeter became the Yankees’ savior yet again for the umpteenth time in his career during his final home game. Jeter hit a smooth walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Consequently, the Yankees won, defeating the Orioles by a 6-5 margin. But Jeter’s perfect departure got marred by rumors of the game being scripted. 

So, addressing the myth in a recent interview at the Drink Champs podcast, Jeter said, “It’s funny, because my last game I played in the Yankee Stadium. And I played for parts of 20 seasons. And I only played one game in Yankee Stadium, that didn’t count. One game where we were eliminated, only one. Every other game, we were still in playoff contention or we were getting ready to go to the playoffs. The only one I played where we were eliminated was the last game I played in the Yankee Stadium.” 

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Jeter added, “And you know, everyone talks about, ‘oh, it was all set up. You know, David Robertson is supposed to give up two home runs so you can come up and get a walk-off hit. And your nephew’s tipping his cap.’ It wasn’t planned. It was not a movie. It wasn’t like we practiced it with my nephew.” 

Derek Jeter’s majestic career in the ballpark 

Jeter played MLB for the Yankees from 1995 to 2014. He became a 14-time All-Star player who won five World Series championships. He wrapped up his career with 260 home runs and 3,465 hits to his credit. Therefore, Jeter is a deserving Hall of Fame inductee. 

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Madhurjya Bhuyan

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Madhurjya Bhuyan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature from Gauhati University and IGNOU, respectively, and also possesses prior professional experience as a content developer. Being a performance artist since childhood, Madhurjya has always aimed to contribute towards creativity in any possible manner, and writing only boosts that desire.
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