“Lot of Guys Would Not Do That”- Derek Jeter Earned Michael Jordan’s Respect Thanks to an Unforgettable New York Yankees Moment

Published 09/22/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

Derek Jeter was one of the finest ballplayers to grace the ballparks with his presence. It is not that Jeter was a serial hitter from the plate. But as a shortstop, apart from being a decent hitter, Jeter was excellent in the fields.

Even the Red Sox fans would agree with the fact that Jeter had one of the best presences on the field while playing the game. His awareness of the game was something probably no MLB player had. While playing a shortstop, Jeter won countless games for the Yankees in the death.

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Even the NBA icon Michael Jordan once praised the former Yankees’ shortstop for being an excellent ballplayer. Notably, despite playing different sports, Jordan and Jeter were very close to each other. Even to date, the two share a good relationship between them.

When Michael Jordan heaped praise on Derek Jeter for his remarkable play in the 2001 ALDS

Per an old roaming on YouTube, NBA great Michael Jordan and MLB icon Derek Jeter sat with the likes of Serena Williams, Warren Sapp, and Roy Jones Jr. for an interview. During the last minutes of the interview, Jordan could not control but praise Jeter for being a remarkable team player.

NEW YORK – APRIL 01: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees makes the throw to second for the out to end the third inning after fielding the hit by Alex Rios #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays during Opening Day at Yankee Stadium April 1, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

While praising Jeter, Jordan went down memory lane and remembered his iconic play during the 2001 ALDS Game 3. Jordan credited Jeter for making a better team.

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“Derek! Derek is a consummate pro. I mean he can compliment anybody on the field. He is always thinking about the little things,” Jordan said

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“When you watch him in the Yankees when he made that play at the home plate [during the 2001 ALDS series against the Oakland Athletics], a lot of guys would not do that. And now he has made his team that much better.”

Notably, Jeter had made an incredible flip at the shortstop position to grab the ball and pass it to Jorge Posada to dismiss Jeremy Giambi. This remarkable play by Jeter changed the course of the entire series, And the Yankees won the series by 3-2 against the Athletics.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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