October 19, 2010 — With the Yankees trailing, 2-1, Derek Jeter came through with game-tying RBI triple off the left-center field wall.
After all these years, some things never change.
Jeter is still at his very best when it matters the most. Jeter has been collecting big hits in postseason games since 1996. While that seems like yesterday, it’s been 14 years — and 5 championships ago — since Jeter burst onto the playoff scene with an opposite-field home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The home run I’m referring to turned that series around, and the Yankees went on to their first World Series in nearly two decades. Jeter got a little help that night from a young fan named Jeffrey Maier, but he hasn’t needed much assistance along the journey.
Time will tell how significant of a role Jeter will play in this ALCS, but if the early part of Game 4 is any indication, he’s going to be as valuable as ever.
–Alfred Santasiere III