It was the perfect — and we mean perfect — ending.
Derek Jeter played his last game as shortstop for the New York Yankees Thursday night, and in poetic fashion, he ended with a bang.
After closer David Robertson blew the save in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles (they tied it up 5-5), the Yankees all-star got another shot at bat to try and win it for his team. And he did just that.
Jose Pirela kicked off the ninth inning with a single. After Antoan Richardson replaced him as a pinch runner, Brett Gardner nailed a sacrifice bunt to get Richardson to second.
And then Jeter arrived at home plate. What did he do? Mr. November hit a walk-off single. His reaction was priceless. The stadium went nuts. It was...perfect.
The best part? The rest of the core four — Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada (all signed as amateurs by the Yanks in the early '90s) — along with former coach Joe Torre (the group won four World Series rings with him and one with current coach Joe Girardi) were waiting for him at the end.
Nobody could write a better script than that for Captain Clutch.
Here at Life & Style, we're ready to send off the Yankees slugger by taking a look back at his love life, which proves he was just as much the man off the field as he was on.