5. Yankees-Red Sox: The Catch
On July 1, 2004, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played, according to Michael Kay, “One of the greatest games you will ever see!”
Derek Jeter largely contributed to that statement, heightening the intensity of the clash.
With the game tied at three in the top of the 12th, the Red Sox had runners on second and third with two outs. Trot Nixon proceed to hit a blooper down the left field line, putting the outcome of the game up in the air.
Out of nowhere came Jeter, making the catch with a full head of steam and flying into the left field stands in foul ground. The catch had an awfully special feel to it, plain and simple.
It not only exemplified the Captain’s status as a “gamer,” but it kept the Yankees in an epic and pivotal clash they would eventually go on to win. He was willing to put his body and career on the line for his team.