In our next Derek Jeter highlight, we flash back to easily the most impressive highlight during the 2001 New York Yankees postseason run.
2001 was a rough year for the New York Yankees and their hometown. Just after the September 11 terrorist attacks, New York needed a hero. A pick-me-up.
Derek Jeter listened to the clock strike midnight on November before he slugged a walk-off home run to tie the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The crowd exploded, automatically deeming him Mr. November, a nickname that would stick with him for years to come.
That inside-out swing came off of Diamondbacks pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, who was virtually unhittable with his ridiculous delivery. Jeter somehow was able to muscle the ball out and bring victory back to New York.
Of course, the series didn’t quite end how we wanted it to. In fact, Game Seven was likely the most painful Yankees game in the history of the franchise.
At least we have this incredible highlight to constantly look back on. And incredible it truly was.
Jeter single-handedly brought hope back to a defeated city. He gave New York something to believe in again, after so much terror and heartbreak.
He reminded people that baseball isn’t just a sport. Baseball can bring an entire city out of it’s darkest time and give it something to cheer for.
Jeter did that, all with one swing of the bat. His home run didn’t just signal victory for the Yankees and that’s what people often forget.
The Captain had some big moments in his time in the Bronx but, honestly, not many were as important as this. And this will be shown on highlight reels for years to come.
Derek Jeter, what did we ever do to deserve you? How do you do it all?
The truth is he inspired us at every turn. His 2001 home run was and still is celebrated. Because Derek Jeter wasn’t just Mr. November; he became Mr. New York.