Derek Jeter ends his career with a bang
Thursday Night at 7:05, Derek Jeter started his last home game. With Kuroda on the mound for the yanks, you knew he could give a good outing and thats just what he did. Hiroki Kuroda started the game by giving up two solo home runs to the O's who are waiting for October, and at the end of the first inning it was TWO nothing Orioles. But the Yankees answered right back with TWO runs in the bottom the first, with a single by Brett Gardner, a double by Derek Jeter, and then a fielding error by former Yankee Kelly Johnson allowed Jeter to score. Nothing happened until the bottom of the seventh inning when Derek Jeter came up with the bases loaded and reached on a force attempt by J.J Hardy. To top, it off Brian McCann got a RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Everybody wanted Jeter to come up one last time in the eighth inning, but it didn't happen. The closer David Robertson allowed a walk to Nick Markakis then Alejandro De Aza struck out looking. Adam Jones, who was struggling hit a long two run shot to bring the Orioles within one run. The dangerous Nelson Cruz struck out swinging, and with two outs, Steve Pearce hit a solo home run to tie it at five in the Ninth. Robertson got the last out and set up the spotlight for Derek Jeter. Even I wanted David Robertson to give up those runs, just so Jeter could get one last at bat.
Jose Pirela, the rookie, singled to lead off the ninth, and i knew just what would happen. After being pinch run for by Antoan Richardson, Brett Gardner came up to the plate and bunted moving Richardson to second.
"Now batting for the yankees, number two, Derek Jeter. number two," the last time the fans, the Yankees, ANYONE, would here the voice of Bob Sheppard who died on July 11 2010 at the age of 99. Derek Jeter singled to right, and Antoan Richardson scored!!! Derek Jeter, with a walk off single in his LAST home game ever in the Bronx! There couldn't have been a better ending for the Captain, Number two, Derek Jeter. And that's how he wanted his career to end: playing shortstop for the yankees.
Being a die hard Yankees fan for most of my life and trying to watch all 162 games a year, this was one of the BEST games I've seen in my lifetime. To end your career like Jeter did, nothing can compare to what happened Thursday night.