New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter celebrates his game winning hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, 25 September 2014. (Jason Szenes images)
The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-5. This was Jeter’s last professional game as a Yankees at Yankees stadium.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 26, 2014: Yankees star captain, Derek Jeter, played his last home game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night, September 25th and it was an event to remember.
Yankee fans, including Jay Z , gave Jeter a warm send off as they chanted his name and applauded loudly as he batted for a final time. Commissioner of Major League Baseball Allan H. “Bud” Selig said he watched the whole game.
I’ve seen emotion in my lifetime,” Selig said Friday, “but, boy, that was as good as anything I’ve ever seen. And to think, when he came up, I said to myself, ‘It can’t happen this way. You couldn’t write a script. Nobody would believe it.’
“And sure enough, he did what he always did. Inside-outside swing — bang! Line drive to right field, and the game was over.”
Jeter said goodbye to the Bronx with a walk-off single that gave the Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Orioles. After taking a quick lap of the field that included many hugs, ovations and cheers, he walked down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse, where he remembered his first thoughts as: “I just won this game. Can you believe it?”
He said he saved the uniform that he used for his final Yankee Stadium game on Thursday, the last time he will wear the pinstripes that have helped define his entire professional life.