There is Only One 'Mr. November'

Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees <a rel=

Derek Jeter’s shining moment in the 2001 World Series will forever cement his status as ‘Mr. November’ with the New York Yankees. 

It has been raved about for 15 years. Fifteen years ago yesterday, Derek Jeter stepped up to the plate and delivered for the New York Yankees in miraculous fashion, blasting a walk-off home run in Game Four of the 2001 World Series. Just after the clock struck midnight, Jeter transformed from a postseason star to a city’s hero.

This moment in time is not only impressive, but it meant everything to New York. A city was fighting back from the devastation that consumed them from September 11th and the Yankees were giving them something to celebrate. It wasn’t just another home run or another victory. It was a victory for the city of New York, while facing their darkest hour.

Facing the possibility of a 3-1 deficit in the series, Jeter single-handedly brought hope to a city that needed it most. It wasn’t just about baseball, but something more.


November baseball was played for the first time when Jeter smashed his game-winner and it’s always hard to top what comes first. Since then, only nine other World Series games have been played in November.

Much like “Mr. October” in Reggie Jackson, “Mr. November” is a title that cannot be taken away. No matter what a player does in November baseball this year, or years down the road, nothing can outshine what Jeter did for his team, and his city, on the biggest stage in baseball.

With a postseason average of .308, Jeter had cooled off in 2001 before coming through when the Yankees desperately needed it. Not only was he a fixture in November 2001, but he also has played in six of the ten World Series games that have taken place in November.

November is not a typical time for baseball, but when the first day of the month rolled around in 2001, Jeter took advantage. His famous home run came off of Arizona Diamondbacks closer, Byung-Hyun Kim, who only allowed one hit in his previous 6.1 innings in the playoffs.

Facing the possibility of a 3-1 deficit in the series, Jeter single-handedly brought hope to a city that needed it most. It wasn’t just about baseball, but something more.

November baseball was played for the first time when Jeter smashed his game-winner and it’s always hard to top what comes first. Since then, only nine other World Series games have been played in November.

Much like “Mr. October” in Reggie Jackson, “Mr. November” is a title that cannot be taken away. No matter what a player does in November baseball this year, or years down the road, nothing can outshine what Jeter did for his team, and his city, on the biggest stage in baseball.

With a postseason average of .308, Jeter had cooled off in 2001 before coming through when the Yankees desperately needed it. Not only was he a fixture in November 2001, but he also has played in six of the ten World Series games that have taken place in November.

November is not a typical time for baseball, but when the first day of the month rolled around in 2001, Jeter took advantage. His famous home run came off of Arizona Diamondbacks closer, Byung-Hyun Kim, who only allowed one hit in his previous 6.1 innings in the playoffs.

It’s a feat that has been talked about for years and deserves to be talked about. Not because it was done by Derek Jeter, but because it is the clutch hit that everyone dreams about. And it really happened.

Kris Bryant could come in and launch three home runs. Francisco Lindor can pull a 5-5 night with five runs scored. That doesn’t matter. Jeter is still “Mr. November,” thanks to everything he did for the team and the city. No matter what happens in Novembers to come, Jeter has proven that he always deserves the title of the clutch ‘Mr. November.’

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