Flip, flop & fly…I don’t care if Jeter’s playoff chances die. So long as…JONES FLIES INTO THE STANDS!
The Flip was made on Oct. 13, 2001. No play better exemplifies Jeter’s winning approach, his creativeness and his ability to be in the right place at the right time.
Instead of The Flip, here in 2014, the Yankees are giving us The Flop.
They can’t stand up to the challenge.
At the age of 40, Jeter was supposed to go out the right way, playing October baseball and letting the chips fall where they may. Perhaps, Jeter would have one more heroic October in his body. Yankees fans dreamed of him going out the way he came in — his first full season in 1996 — a champion.
...At this rate, Jeter’s last game in The Bronx will be Sept. 25 against the Orioles. His finale would be in Boston three days later.
The last October memory of Jeter is a painful one, his left ankle breaking as he screamed out on the infield dirt at Yankee Stadium. Jeter had to be carried off the field that night by trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS, a 6-4 loss to the Tigers.
That was Oct. 13, 2012. Exactly 11 years to the day of The Flip.
As Jeter was helped off, fans began to chant his name, making it the saddest of chants.
That is the final memory of Jeter and October baseball.
It can’t end like this for Derek Jeter.
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