Derek Jeter Revisits Iconic Play ‘The Dive’ Into Stands That Left Him Bloodied: ‘Landed in One Seat Where There Was No Fan’

Published 06/24/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

Derek Jeter had a memorable career for the New York Yankees. While playing for the Pinstripes, the former captain has given many iconic moments to the fans. But his heroic dive against the arch-rival, Boston Red Sox, will probably remain the most iconic play in the Yankee Stadium.

Known for his leadership and selfless play, Jeter has even given his blood to the Yankees. Under the leadership of Jeter, The Bronx Bombers dominated an era in Major League Baseball. The early 2000s era witnessed the prime Yankees and Red Sox. The rivalries between the two MLB giants were at their peak.

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Though Jeter has made numerous memorable plays on the diamond, his iconic dive against the Red Sox made him a fan favorite. Recently, the former Yankees captain revisited the memory and shared his experience to live that historical moment.

When Derek Jeter dived into the stands to grab an iconic catch against the Red Sox

It has been over 15 years since that incident. But it is still etched in the memory of every Yankees fan. And why not? It helped the Yankees win the game against the Red Sox. Notably, while taking the catch, Jeter dived and crashed into the stands at the Yankee Stadium. When he took the catch, Jeter had blood on his face.

Talking about the same, Jeter said that the play was not hard. And it was not the first time he crashed into a seat. He remembered another incident where he took a dive and landed in the photographer’s pit.

“You know, as a matter of fact; the play was not hard, it’s pop-up. But it’s old Yankee Stadium. There was not a lot of room between the third base and the stands. And a couple of years ago, I fell in the photographers’ pit during the postseason,” Jeter revealed.

“You guys make me remember that against Oakland. So, me always being prepared, I figured I might just jump over the photographer’s pit and I’ll land into someone’s lap. And I landed in one seat where there was no fan. So, it didn’t feel too good.”

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Was Jeter a nightmare for the Red Sox?

Though the former Yankees captain was a pure gentleman of the game, he was a nightmare for the Red Sox. Jeter has played some of his best games against the Boston Red Sox. But it is also true that the Red Sox has won three World Series during the Jeter era in MLB.

WATCH THIS STORY: When New York Yankees Legend Derek Jeter Scripted The Perfect End To His Career With This Iconic Walk-off Single

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The Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino to win their maiden World Series title in the last 100 years. In the 21st century, the Red Sox have won more World Series titles than the Yankees.

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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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