October 9, 2012 – Derek Jeter’s third inning RBI triple to centerfield in ALDS Game 3 not only tied the game for the Yankees, but it also ignited the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd.
Jeter sailed a Miguel Gonzalez offering to straight-away center field, and he hit the ball far too hard for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones to catch up to it. From my vantage point in the press box (located two levels up and behind home plate), the line drive looked as if it was going to land on the other side of the fence, which is probably why lead runner Russell Martin ran so hard from first to home.
Jeter continues to be ageless. He sprinted around the bases with nearly the same speed as he had 10 years ago, or even 15 years ago for that matter.
But more notably than that, he always comes through when the Yankees need him to. How many times has Derek Jeter got a big hit in a big game within an inning of when his team fell behind?
I’m not sure what the answer to that question is, but I’m confident it’s happened more with Jeter than any other player the game has seen in a very long time.
–Alfred Santasiere III