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It’s been a whirlwind of a few days for former Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter. He’s fresh off making his broadcasting debut with FOX for MLB’s London Series over the weekend. The Hall of Famer has another reason to celebrate on Monday, though, as it’s his 49th birthday.

What do you get for a man that’s accomplished virtually everything he’s wanted in his life? You don’t get him anything — you just celebrate all the gifts he gave Yankee fans during his 20-year MLB career. We decided to do that on our Twitter and Instagram pages. The moments we put the spotlight on are as follows:

  • His first career home run
  • That infamous 1996 ALCS home run at Yankee Stadium
  • The patented Derek Jeter jump throw
  • “The Flip” in Oakland
  • His leadoff home run to start Game 4 of the 2000 World Series
  • “The Dive” against the Red Sox
  • When he became Mr. November
  • Jeter’s first and only career grand slam
  • When he passed Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ all-time hits list
  • His 5-for-5 day, which included his 3,000th career hit
  • The storybook ending to his final home game at Yankee Stadium

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.