Ten years ago Tuesday night, Derek Jeter made a play that has come to be recognized as one of the iconic moments in his Hall-of-Fame career.
With two outs in the top of the 12th inning of a tie game and Red Sox on second and third, Jeter made an outstanding running catch of a flyball down the third base line in no-man’s land behind the bag.
He made the catch in fair territory, meaning he prevented two runs from scoring, but given his momentum, he could not stop himself from traversing the minuscule foul territory at old Yankee Stadium and hitting the stands at full speed.
Jeter ended up three rows deep in the seats, emerging from the crowd battered, bruised and bloodied but still clutching the ball and ending the inning.
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The Yankees would go on to win in 13 innings.
The play was a good one, not a great one. But given the situation, the opponent and Jeter’s willingness to hit the stands at full speed to make the catch have forever etched the play in the minds of not only Yankees fans, but baseball fans in general.