Thank You, Derek

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Derek Jeter of the Yankees salutes the fans

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Derek Jeter ended his career at Yankee Stadium in the most memorable way possible–by winning the game.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were tied 5-5 against the Baltimore Orioles. With one out and a runner on second, Jeter hit a single to right field on the first pitch and drove in the winning run.

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The entire 2014 baseball season has been focused on one thing–Derek Jeter’s final season. From commercials to gifts from opposing teams before the game, Jeter has been honored and followed the entire season. After an emotional goodbye and ceremonies that were held for Yankee closer Mariano Rivera last season, Jeter knew that this season was going to be special. After being asked about the emotions that he was feeling, the Yankee legend said:

“I almost started crying driving here today. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. I have them, I try to hide them, I try to trick myself and convince myself that I’m not feeling those particular emotions. It’s been getting more and more difficult these last few weeks, but today I wasn’t able to do it.”

When Jeter announced in February that this would be his final season before retiring, tickets for the last game at Yankee Stadium soared instantly. Ticket prices reached an average of $845 at one point. But the 48,613 in attendance definitely got their money’s worth.

Jeter, or The Captain, has been the face of baseball for many years, and one of the game’s most admired, respected, idolized, and beloved players. To many, Derek Jeter is the definition of professionalism–a leader, team-player and role model who plays the game the way it should be.

Derek Jeter smiles for the New York Yankees photographer

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The 14× All-Star, 5× World Series champion, World Series MVP (2000), AL Rookie of the Year (1996), 5× Gold Glove Award, and 5× Silver Slugger Award winner has only played for the Yankees his entire twenty year career. Jeter holds many Yankee records including: all-time in hits (3,465), at-bats (11,195), games (2,747) and stolen bases (358).

“Captain Clutch” will undoubtedly be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He has a career .310 batting average and is sixth all-time for hits (3,465) and holds the MLB record for most doubles (544).

Derek’s career may have ended at Yankee Stadium, but the Yankees have three more games left of the regular season to play, all in Boston against the Red Sox. In the media room after the game, Jeter told the press that he will not play the shortstop position in Boston and that he will instead DH. Jeter wanted his last memory of playing shortstop to be in New York City.