The iconic image from Derek Jeter's last game in the Bronx was snapped as the winning run crossed home plate. Rounding first base on a sharp single to right field, Jeter gleefully leapt in the air and fired both fists high above his head -- one final moment of triumph in pinstripes in a career that was defined by it.
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Derek Jeter treated 485 children to a screening of the movie "Annie" and then surprised them with holiday gift bags Monday night at an Upper West Side theater in Manhattan. Included in the bags was a refrigerator magnet that listed "Derek Jeter's 10 Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams."
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Derek Jeter lashed a game-winning single to say goodbye to Yankee Stadium, then waved his batting helmet to acknowledge career hit No. 3,465 three days later at Fenway Park, descending the dugout steps and entering his post-baseball life. It was an eventful week for the former Yankees captain, who is wasting no time getting started on the next chapters.
In one of several thoughtful moments over the past several days, Derek Jeter reflected on his storied career and noted that though he shared the field with many athletes who possessed more talent, he believes that no one ever gave more of an effort. With that in mind, Jeter's season-long goodbye ended in fitting fashion on Sunday afternoon, running hard down the first-base line to notch the 3,465th hit of his career. He signaled for a pinch-runner and waved his batting helmet as he left the field, exiting a game that the Yankees went on to win, 9-5.
It ended on a high chopper to the left side of the infield, and Derek Jeter ran hard down the first-base line, just as he has done countless times before. He reached safely, without a throw, and then motioned to the dugout that it was time to go. The Yankees' captain legged out an RBI infield single in his final at-bat on Sunday afternoon in the third inning. Jeter completes his career with 3,465 hits, sixth all time, and with a lifetime batting average of .310.
The fans at Fenway Park were still chanting Derek Jeter's name throughout the ninth inning on Sunday, which tells you all you need to know. He was hours gone from his final game, and by and large they were Red Sox fans, but the love was universal.
Derek Jeter said goodbye the way we always figured he might. That is, he did his job. Isn't that the thing that defined him for 20 seasons? When he takes a deep breath and reflects on all of it, he's sure to look back and take pride in always being part of a great whole, a team.
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