Derek’s greatest hit

2009 Minor League Awards
On judging a ballplayer's effort level

The summer before I started college in the fall of 2001 was one of travel. I went to Europe as a high school graduation present with my parents and sister and then took a road trip with a good friend of mine to 12 baseball stadiums in ten cities. Everywhere I went, I took a backpack into the Stadium and saw few security measures, if any at all.

Everything changed during my second week of classes when terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center. I woke up to a bewildering voice mail from my dad telling me that a plane had struck the Twin Towers, and then I went to class. By the time I was out, the two buildings in Lower Manhattan had collapsed, and life as we knew it was over.

That fall is a bit of a blur in my mind. As I adjusted to life at college away from the city and my parents, I found myself on the road. I went home the weekend after Sept. 11 to be in the city and around family. I traveled up to Boston in October to visit some friends (and watch the Yanks run over the Mariners in the ALCS) and went back to school for the World Series after a stop in New York. Through it all was baseball.

When play resumed after a week off in September, the Yankees continued their march to what we hoped would be a fourth straight World Series title. After two quick losses to the A’s in New York, it seemed as though the aging Yankee had finally met their Billy Beane-inspired match. But then Derek Jeter saved the day.

That Play — the one that spawned my favorite sports column of all time — is how the baseball world knows Derek Jeter best. With Jeremy Giambi lumbering around the bases and Shane Spencer digging a ball out of the corner, Derek Jeter came out of nowhere to save an errant throw and shuttle-pass the ball of Jorge Posada. Giambi didn’t slide; Posada tagged the runner; and the Yankees’ season was saved.

Jeter will soon hold the Yankees’ all-time hits record. He’ll become the first New York Yankee to top 3000 hits. Yet, his defining image will always be The Play to save the season in 2001. His baseball instincts are just tremendous.

After that ALDS, the Yankees tore through the winningest team in AL history and drew a match-up against the Diamondbacks. New York City and I continued to heal. The city came together for a celebration of the Yankees, and the Yanks seemed predestined to win the World Series. I went to game three that year with my sister, and while the Yankees won, it was the least climactic of the games played in the Bronx.

The next night, I was watching the game with some first-year friends and a few upperclassmen, and despair settled among the room when the 9th inning rolled around. The Yankees were just three outs away from going down 3 games to one against a Diamondbacks’ team led by two fierce pitchers. But Tino Martinez delivered a huge two-run home run into the night, and the Yankees were alive.

In the tenth, the clock at Yankee Stadium struck midnight, and for the first time in baseball history, the World Series reached into November. It was a cool, crisp night, and Byung-Hyun Kim quickly got two quick outs. Then, Derek Jeter came up. Jeter worked the count full and then some. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Jeter swung and the ball soared into the night. Reggie Sanders tried to track it down, but the Stadium erupted as Jeter raised his fist in celebration. The Yankees had won an improbable game, and we were jumping for joy and disbelief.

Of course, the Yankees were do it again the next night before faltering in the desert. As Luis Gonzalez’s single fell past a misplaced infield, New York’s World Series hopes died. To me though, that home run — Derek’s only RBI of the 2001 World Series — was Derek’s greatest hit. It brought the city unimaginable joy at a time when it needed it the most, and as I settled into college and Derek’s ball into the right field stands, I knew everything would be okay.

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2009 Minor League Awards
On judging a ballplayer's effort level
  • alex gonzalez

    mr. november is everything it means to be a yankee. i hope he can continue to hit many more important hits in those clutch situations that he is so good in. i cant think of many who are better than him when it really counts.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    Always great, Ben. Nice read.

    • YankCrank

      Diito, very well done Ben. Brought back a lot of memories of some great baseball games during a very tough time.

  • Nate

    Jeter hit the HR in November and was deemed “Mr. November” Reggie hit his 3 HR in October and was called “Mr. October”.

    Just letting you know about the error…

    • Nate

      nvm, just fixed

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      No error. I wrote November. The game started on Oct. 31 and ended at around 12:04 if I recall correctly.

      • alex gonzalez

        “had won an improbably game” and “faltering in the dessert”. i think those are errors.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Glass houses, stones.

  • jsbrendog

    yes. awesome. and it will be even mo’ awesome if derek gets that alltime leading hit tomorrow on the 11th (mondesi be damned)

    • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      It’ll be eerily awe-inspiring, I can tell you that much.

      • jsbrendog

        jagon

  • IvanS

    Great column and that WS, even though they lost, was the most memorable one of the 5 they played in for me. So much drama and the NYC backdrop was something else.

    • jsbrendog

      i would almsot be willing to bet money that that was the best most exciting world series we will ever see in our short lifetimes.

      and because of that I, as a baseball fan, am glad i watched every game and personally am not too broken up about having lost. the experience and tension and level of play of that series is incomparable.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That’s the unintended consequence of greatness: We’re in the Series so much, some of it’s most memorable moments are Series that end up in Yankee defeats.

        See also: Bill Mazeroski.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Except for game 6 when Pettitte was tipping his pitches. That was a disaster.

        • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

          Details for at-the-time-12-year-olds, please.

          • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

            In Game 6, Pettitte gave up 6 runs on 7 hits in 2+ innings of work, and the Diamondbacks and Rick Sutcliffe later said he was tipping his pitches. Jay Witasick came on in relief and proceeded to give up 8 ER on 10 hits in 1.1 innings. It was an ugly, ugly game.

            • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

              It sucks that the only memory I actually have of that World Series is the Luis Gonzalez hit.

              • jsbrendog

                mine was the byun hung kim “holy. shit. face”

                what a great face. he just knelt down on the mound and it was like blue steel

                • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

                  How old were you at the time?

                • Makavelli

                  At the time 12 year olds are 20 years old now?? Sheesh… I was like Ben…in my first year of college…I’m old for my “grade” though because I was born Christmas Eve…I was going to be turning 19 I think? So my guess is he was either 18 or 19?

                • jsbrendog

                  17 or 18. i wasn’t poo poo ing you being young, sorry, you just mentioned your memory so i mentioned mine.

                • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

                  I asked JSB, not Ben.

                • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

                  Huh? No, I didn’t take it like that, just wanted to know because I thought your comment meant you had just a lone memory like me because you were a kid at the time.

                • jsbrendog

                  word. yeah not my only memory, just mostly the best because after all those hr and such the jumping around and yelling was fierce and i remember eveyrone yelling at the tv about how kim sucked and how we oculdnt believe he did it again and oooohh look at his face look at his face and everyone trying to mimick it (and failing since we were not asian)

            • Ed

              Wow, glad to hear there was a basis for those claims. I never heard about it until a few years later and assumed it was just excuses.

              • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

                Ah, ignore my reply to your below comment.

          • Ed

            I don’t think there’s anything substantial backing the claim that Pettitte was tipping pitches, but it’s been a story that’s been floating around for a long time.

            Pettitte had a sub 3 ERA through his first 4 playoff starts (1 DS, 2 LCS, 1 WS), then gave up 6 runs in 2 innings of game 6. There’s no obvious explanation for why he’d go from pitching as well as he ever as to pitching horrendously. The guy had a ton of postseason experience and in tougher situations than that, so you can’t blame it on stress.

            • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

              If Rick Sutcliffe was correctly predicting Andy Pettitte’s pitches as that Buster Olney article that Ben just linked to stated, I don’t see how that is anything but substantially “backing the claim.”

              • Ed

                Ben replied while I was typing that. See my reply to him.

  • Bill R

    How fitting that Derek will Pass Lou on Sept. 11th, and many of you thought the ghost wouldn’t follow the yanks across the street! They did and they made the ball miss Jeter’s bat those 12 times!

    • Makavelli

      We already talked about this yesterday. One really doesn’t have to do with the other.

      “Mystique and Aura? Those are dancers at a nightclub.” – Curt Schilling

      And as we all know…Curt Schilling is the arbiter of truth, honesty and the American way.

      But perhaps the ghosts pushed the days back because it is Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges birthday??

      • jsbrendog

        yes we did talk about it yesterday but that doesn’t mean you’re right. and i agree with bill r. it is fitting. and everything happens for a reason.

        just like derek breaking the record on sept 11

        • Makavelli

          I mean I think it’s kind of neat too…I always keep an open mind with everything. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I 100% believe it to be the ghosts actually doing it or it being anything other than coincidence.

          But it is pretty cool.

          • jsbrendog

            yeah, i dont know how i feel about the whole “ghosts” thing, true. but while the hits thing does have nothing to do with september 11th it will be cool and feel a little mroe special if it just so happens to occur on that day because the ocmmon denominator between everything is ny. it’s nice.

            • Bill R

              Obviously i was making a joke about the ghost thing, but it is very strange that things seem to line up somehow.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Of course, the Yankees would do it again the next night before faltering in the desert.

    YOU’RE MY BOY, SCOTTY BRO!!!!

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I think before the 9th inning of Game 5, I uttered the words, “There’s no way the Yankees do it again tonight.” Game 4 was amazing; game 5 was surreal.

      • jsbrendog

        i remember getting in trouble in the dorms for getting too loud and rowdy after games 4 and 5 the way they turned out. my god.

      • Chris

        I completely forgot that the Yankees and Mariners played in the ALCS in 2000 (I only remembered them playing after A-Rod left). Looking back at the series, A-Rod was ridiculous putting up a pedestrian .409/.480/.773/1.253 line.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Looking back at the series, A-Rod was ridiculous putting up a pedestrian .409/.480/.773/1.253 line.

          What a choketastic doucheface he was.

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Well his team lost, so clearly he wasn’t valuable enough.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              We’ve got at least a few more hundred miles left in that joke.

  • Makavelli

    What’s funny is there was a special I saw…I forget where I saw it…where somebody asks the question “Where did that guy get that ‘Mr. November’ sign???” Their’s a guy in right field over where the home run was hit who holds this banner like sign that says “Mr. November” almost immediately after the home run was hit haha. It’s a mystery in it’s own right perhaps. Sure the guy COULD have made it then and there…but with everybody jumping up and down screaming and yelling…writing that clearly and that quickly doesn’t really add up.

    • A.D.

      Rolled the dice on a late game that night.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Not even that big of a roll of the dice, either.

        A Yankee World Series game with an 8:35 pm start? Shit, that’s practically a mortal lock to make it to midnight.

        • Makavelli

          Had Tino not hit that 2 run bomb…the game would have been over long before midnight. And if you think about the guy showing up…watching his watch the whole time…holding his sign for hopes to at one point hold it in the air…then have everything work out perfectly so that it all fits together…it’s kind of bizarre lol but of course…he could have been doing that for all we know…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Meh, it’s one sign. He didn’t take out a home loan to get it.

            Just some oaktag and some markers, right JSB?

            • jsbrendog

              my sentiments exactly.

              i’ll take drawn while everyone else was cheering for $1000, kabek

              • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                icwudt, very nice.

    • Bill R

      Yeah I remember you and I discussed this before. So weird!

  • Chris

    Clemens vs A-Rod was in 2000. In 2001, A-Rod was in Texas. The Yankees played Seattle in the ALCS in both 2000 and 2001.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Well, so you’re right. My memory failed me there.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        [shoots Ben in the chest]
        What the f#$& happened to you, man? Shit, your ass used to be beautiful!
        [shoots Ben in the chest again]

        • CountryClub

          I always hated seeing Bobby D go down like that

        • Makavelli

          Is that Dan McCracken or Mike McCracken?

          Mike…

          [shoots whoopi in the chest]

          Is he on Alpine or Oak?

          Alpine…

          [shoots whoopi in the chest again]

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Come on, partner, shoot him.

            SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM

            • Makavelli

              When Claire was excited to see me she’d pee on my leg

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, right? Watch, they’ll start the game, Jeter’ll get the hit, then they’ll call the game and he’ll have to do it again on Saturday.

    • jsbrendog

      BITE YO’ TONGUE!

      it will be like the cano walkoff a couple of friday’s ago. it’ll be forecast to rain all day but be fine, they’ll play the game throughout a consistent mist or drizzle to heavy drizzle and it will be glorious.

    • Former RAB Lurker

      And then he’ll retire before getting another hit and try to be famous as “Mr. 2122,” but after a few years it’ll get out that he actually only has 2121 hits and he’ll have to return to baseball to try and get that last hit. Hilarity and feel-good character development will ensue.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Black summamabitch!

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    Minka Kelly
    Lara Dutta
    Jessica Alba

    Take your pick

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Scarlett Johannson and Tyra Banks have all three beat.

      • CountryClub

        I disagree on both counts. Different strokes…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          True.

          Tyra in her prime, though? That’s Jeterian.

          http://jaynir.files.wordpress......r05-09.jpg (safe)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            And, Exhibit B (Scarlett):

            http://www.timboucher.com/jour.....allure.jpg (less safe)

          • CountryClub

            Tyra in her prime was stunning. Scarlett is a pretty girl with nice assets. But I dont rank her in front of Alba or Minka.

        • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

          I agree on Scarlett Johannson, but Tyra Banks gets a resounding “child, please.”

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
            • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

              Scarlett Jo >> Jessica Alba > Minka Kelly >> Tyra Banks > Lara Dutts

              Happy?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I wish I had more hands, so I could give Minka Kelly four thumbs down.

                Scarlett >> Alba = Banks >> Dutta >>>>> Kelly

                • Makavelli

                  Where does Megan Fox come into play (even though he never dated her) lol

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Hmmm… I’ll throw Fox into the Alba/Banks stratosphere.

                  Johansson
                  (gap)
                  Alba, Banks, Fox
                  (big gap)
                  Dutta
                  (huge gap)
                  Kelly

                  I just don’t see what some of you see in Minka Kelly. I think she’s easily the plainest, blandest, least attractive girl Jeter’s ever dated. If you put all his celebrity girlfriends in a ranked order, I doubt she’d be top 10. We haven’t even gotten to Adriana Lima, Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Minillo, etc.

                  Minka Kelly is like the girl next door. That’s not a compliment.

                • Makavelli
                • CountryClub

                  Have you ever watched Friday Night Lights? She’s been in a bikini a few times and there’s nothing plain about her. I see what you mean about her face, she’s pretty but not stunning. Her body, on the other hand, is the real deal.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  And yet, Minka’s body is no better than any of the other girls on this list. It’s not like Tyra, Scarlett, Lara Dutta, or Jessica Alba are ugly fatties.

                  So yes, I’ve seen her body in a bikini. No, it’s not enough to push her into the top 10. All the rest of those girls have prettier faces and bodies as good, or better.

                  Minka Kelly is a step down for the Cap’n.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Personally, I love how Derek took the walk last night.

    Don’t get the record tying and record breaking hit in the same game. Milk that shit, homie. Milk it. Double the PR, double the box-office gate, double the hoopla. You media savvy bastard, you. I know what you’re up to, Jeets.

    MOO PSI MOO!
    MILK IT
    MILK IT
    MILK IT

    MOO PSI MOO!
    MILK IT
    MILK IT
    MILK IT

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    I was So disapointed that the Yankees loss in the world series that year i wanted the Yankees to win so badly after what happen that year and i know most of the world was cheering for the yanks to win.But i also believe that’s Jeter biggest hit so far.

  • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    The 2001 team will always hold a special place in my heart. Being a Yankees fan at that time and watching that team do what it did was so important to us. It was an escape from all the sadness and fear we were all feeling. Every night that team played we could put aside all those feelings, if just for a few hours, and lose ourselves in our favorite sport. Watching that team, a team that was really past its prime (as a team) and probably had no business even making it to the World Series that year… Watching that team pull out improbable victory after improbable victory against superior opponents, was just an incredible escape. I’ll always remember going to the same friend’s house for each game and sitting in the same seats in his basement, and the feeling that while we were all down there watching that team claw its way farther than it probably should have gotten, that all the other feelings we’d all been dealing with during that time could leave us, if just for a few hours. For a few hours, we could drink beers and laugh and make fun of Bob Brenly and Byung-Hyun Kim and cheer for the Yankees and smile. In the past I’ve said to my friends that the 2001 team might be my favorite Yankees team of them all, which always seems strange to everyone since they lost, but that whole experience was just so important at the time.

    So yeah… Nice post, Ben.

    PS: I’ll never forgive Arizona for playing “New York, New York” to gloat after they won Game 7. Whoever made that decision should eat a big shit sandwich.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      PS: I’ll never forgive Arizona for playing “New York, New York” to gloat after they won Game 7. Whoever made that decision should eat a big shit sandwich.

      Jerry Colangelo is a spiteful, grudge-holding pig-fucker.

    • jsbrendog

      so what you’re saying is it was awe-inspiring? was it eerie how they kept winning improbable game after improbable game?

      but seriously, i agree, minus the whole friend’s house in there cause i obv didn’t do that.

      • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I wouldn’t call it eerie or awe-inspiring, no. What I mean is what I said… It was a welcome emotional escape from the shit we were all dealing with back then, and I’ll always appreciate that and look back fondly at that team and that postseason. It was awesome. That doesn’t mean it was eerie or awe-inspiring. That word and that phrase mean something different altogether from what I’m saying.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          And… PS… The whole “eerie and awe-inspiring” shit-show wasn’t even about what happened in 2001, it was about the prospect of Jeter breaking the Yankees hit record on September 11, 2009. Just for the sake of accuracy.

          • jsbrendog

            wow. you’re worse at letting things go tha my gf.

            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Yeah… Except I’m not the one who brought it up again (in multiple places) in this thread, you are. So you’re worse at letting things go than your girlfriend.

              • jsbrendog

                except it was brought up by you multiple times in threads after the original conversation. whatever. thisjust needs to end for fucks sake

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I agree it needs to end. I agreed that it needed to end yesterday. I’m not the one who brought it up, again, today.

                • Nady Nation

                  IETS

                  (I’ve enjoyed this spat)

                • Makavelli

                  This was a pretty good one. It was almost up to par with Raul’s and mine of the recent past lol

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “was it eerie how they kept winning improbable game after improbable game?”

            Ok last PS… But dude… jsb… It was not eerie. That’s just not what that word means. It was improbable. The word eerie implies something mysterious or dark or mystical. The Yankees winning games in the 2001 postseason was none of the above. We don’t even really disagree on this topic by that much, you just need to use a different word, dude.

            • jsbrendog

              no, i don’t. i know exactly what eerie means. And a team that shouldnt have advanced that far under normal circumstances doing so at that time under those ciorcumstances in such crazy ways….

              and i am moving on.

              • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                That’s just the difference between us, I guess. I don’t believe in ghosts and curses and other superstitions. To me, there’s nothing eerie about a team winning games in an improbable manner. There’s something improbable about it, and it may be uplifting or provide us some escape from other things happening in our lives, but I don’t believe sports have any connection to events like 9/11 in a way that the connection could be called “eerie.”

                Like we said yesterday and again above, let’s just bury this conversation.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  That’s just the difference between us, I guess. I don’t believe in ghosts and curses and other superstitions…

                  Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!

                • Makavelli

                  I was going to say…this ‘spat’ was “eerily” similar to mine with Raul in the past…only difference being that others haven’t come in to put in their 2 cents…TSJC you ruined it!!! lol

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah.

                  But you did say it though, didn’t you?

                  Twice.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • Makavelli

                  That’s right. And please stay tuned later on tonight where I use one of the threads to tell everyone my life story…from day 1 up until the year 27 countdown…

                  “Getcha popcorn ready…”

    • Makavelli

      At that point…if only for a moment…I believed in the “ghosts” and the “everything happens for a reason” hooplah. It was the only way to explain what was happening…at such a horrific time in everyone’s life…specifically those living in New York. When the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees…I didn’t believe it. I wouldn’t believe it. It was as though this cloud I had been on holding all of these abstract possibilities I had wished been true but been skeptical about…disappeared and I was falling back down to earth at rapid speed. Especially when you saw all those kids and family members of the deceased who were flown over to see the Yankees win the World Series…it just didn’t add up.

      Oh well. A microcosm for life I guess. It just isn’t fair sometimes.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Game five, I was lying in bed listening to the game on radio, and I said out loud, “there is no fucking way they do it two nights in a row”.

    That night taught me anything is possible.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That night taught me anything is possible.

      We’re gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow.

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

      Ah, so even then pessimism ruled your in-game observations.

  • Kid moe

    I’ve been trying to find a picture of Jeter jumping onto homeplate after that home run for years. I guess only that SD video of him doing it (the camera men run behind them) is the only proof of it. Probably the most epic leap ever.

    • Tampa Yankee
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Incidentally, our magic number for the 2017 AL East title is currently at 1254, so that picture should come in handy.

        Throw it on the sidebar, Ben.

        • Bill R

          hahahahahahaha

        • Tampa Yankee

          TCWA

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      This it?

    • Kid moe

      Tampa Yankee’s is closer but I like both. Does anyone know of a high-res one? Been looking to get it framed to start the Yankee history room of my apartment.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Nope. It took me a while to find that low-res one. I know there’s one of him pumping his fist as he rounds the bases though.

  • jsbrendog

    so, my next question, who’s got the 2001 World Series DVD and can hook me up with a rip or a copy?

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      I wish i still had it It was torrent download of the world series dvd.

      • jsbrendog

        yeah that’s what im looking for. havent been able to find it. oh well, maybe one day

        • yankeefan91 Arod fan

          It took me forever to find it a couple of years ago and a couple of months ago i was trying to find the website and couldn’t find it its a great DVD.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      I have a DVD that has the Jeter Mr. November game and the 2003 Boone game. Plus the 96 WS Game 6, 95 ALDS Game 2, 77 WS Game 6, and 76 ALCS Game 5.

      • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I would eat that DVD’s poop.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          +1

          I’m totally going to have to borrow that DVD from you, JoePow. That shizz will be going on my iPhone.

          • Makavelli

            Do you all really know each other personally?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              No.

              I’m still anticipating an eventual RAB Game Meetup, despite the inability of these three numbskulls to actually pull such an event together.

      • jsbrendog

        i can haz?

        care to upload to a sendspace or megaupload or something?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          It’s actually six DVDs, one for each game. I’ll try to figure out something.

          • jsbrendog

            i could just send you dvds or something

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Hmmm… perhaps, out of fairness to Ben, we should deep-six this portion of the conversation, if you know what I mean.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Bill R

      Wow that brought a little mist to my eyes

      • Makavelli

        What is it!! I need to know!! I can’t see these cool hip youtube videos at work lol

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          A clip about how the country rallied around baseball, and specifically the Yankees/D’bags World Series, in the wake of 9/11. Has Bush throwing out the first pitch, and commentary.

          It’s politics at its most apolitical, IMO.

          • Tom Zig

            It was eerie…

            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
              • Tom Zig

                haha it was a lame attempt at humor. I know.

          • Makavelli

            As I’ve stated several times before (but this is for people who are either new or haven’t seen it) if you have HBO…on their On Demand selection they have “9 Innings from Ground Zero” which is a documentary on exactly what you just said. It’s pretty spectacular…

            • yankeefan91 Arod fan

              I absolutely love that documentary.

  • JasonR

    “PS: I’ll never forgive Arizona for playing “New York, New York” to gloat after they won Game 7. Whoever made that decision should eat a big shit sandwich.”

    They did that after Game 6. After a 15-2 blowout. No class.

    • Bill R

      Seriously, That’s the lowest form of being a sore loser. Just Scumbags. No member of the Yankees organization would EVER do something that disrespectful. Sinatra’s estate should have sued them for defamation!

  • Observer283

    That was the most exciting playoff series I have ever personally watched. I have never, ever wanted a team to win more than the 2001 Yankees. I too was a freshman at school. Up in Sox territory. But even from there I knew how much that playoff run meant to the the city. And if they could have pulled it off, less than two months after NYC suffered through the most tragic single event ever to occur on US soil…wow.

    Also, I think we forget just how incredible that win would have been from a pure baseball perspective. The A’s won more than 100 games that year. So did the Mariners. In fact, the Mariners won 116 games that year, tied for the most ever in regular season history. That Diamondbacks team had one of the best pitchers of all time and one of the best post season pitchers of all time pitching at their highest level.

    Beating those three teams would probably have been the most impressive achievement in Baseball post-season history (with the only competition being what the Sox did to us in ’04). No team (perhaps in any American sport?) has ever had to face competition that stiff in each post-season round (maybe the ’07 New York Football Giants?).

    And again, when you take into account what the city had just been through and the fact that we all knew it was the end off an era (O’Neill, Martinez, Brosius), well what a championship that would have been.

    But that’s why love sports. It just refuses to follow the script.

    And as Ben noted, the run they gave us was invaluable, if ultimately not victorious.

  • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK

    Having read all of the comments, I’m really surprised (and thrilled) that there hasn’t been any political chatter stemming from the sensitive nature of the post. That usually ends badly here at RAB (or any site that isn’t solely dedicated to politics).

    Also, great post, Ben.

    • Makavelli

      He’s a Communist! Get rid of him!!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Milbarge: One more step and I start swinging!
        Fitz-Hume: You hear that? He’s threatening you, LET’S GET HIM!

      • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK

        http://www.theonion.com/conten.....=a-section (SAFE, at least as much as The Onion can be. Sort of.).

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Oooooooooh, Masturbation Day is right around the corner!

          I’ll alert pat.

          • jsbrendog

            where the hell has he been? did he go too far during the self asphyxiation?

            • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK
            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              “where the hell has he been?”

              He’s getting a head start.

  • http://AndrewFeiter Andrew

    I was there for that game and it was one of the best moments of my life. I was really young than ( eleven years old) but i knew what i saw was something unbelievably special. Only know do i really realize how much that series and playoff run meant to the city and how much sports can do for a group of people. Also Ben great post

  • The Last Paragraph

    “It brought the city unimaginable joy at a time when it needed it the most, and as I settled into college and Derek’s ball into the right field stands, I knew everything would be okay.”

    Everything would be okay?

    The end of your article is disgusting and appalling. Comparing everything being “okay” to a Yankee fan to the state of the real world after the events of 9/11 is nothing short of wrong. A great baseball moment? Yes. Was it a way for someone to get their mind off the terrorist attacks? Yes.

    However, at that moment there was nothing close to being “okay.” Not in our country, and certainly not in New York. The country was in shambles; immense doubt was cast over the competency of our President; the death toll of TRUE heroes and family members to many reached the thousands.

    What about that home run made “everything okay” to the millions of American citizens?

    Yet, you have the audacity to say that a home run by Derek Jeter made you feel like everything was going to be “okay?” It’s time to grow up and realize some things are bigger than sports.

    As a Yankee fan and frequent reader of this blog, I’m deeply angered and ashamed at the poor choice of wording. Unfortunately, for those of us who can contextualize events in sports, this home run did nothing to make “everything okay.”

    I will really have to think hard about returning to this blog.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      There is no way to respond to this.

      • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK

        I feel like he did this to spite me. I’m self-centered, right?

        • Rick

          There was nothing political about what he said how is that spiting you? Maybe he lost a family member, try seeing it from that point of view.

          • Makavelli

            +100000000000

            Exactly. Everybody has different point of views on things…including Ben who wrote it. Maybe Ben really did think everything was okay and totally normal after Jeter hit his home run? Who knows? Everybody views things differently.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        … but, I can’t help it, so I will:

        Ben said that “…as I settled into college and Derek’s ball into the right field stands, I knew everything would be okay.”

        HE knew everything was okay. His becoming comfortable in college, and his experience of watching Yankee baseball again made HIM feel like everything WOULD be okay. Not that everything WAS okay for EVERYONE, just that everything WOULD be okay. For Ben Kabak.

        He never said that Derek’s homer made everything okay “to the millions of American citizens”, as you put it.

        Ben’s sharing a personal experience. Recognize that he may feel differently about the world than you do and maybe it won’t offend you so much.

        • jsbrendog

          so, in the end, last paragraph fail

        • Makavelli

          “Everything” means “everything” though. No matter how you try to splice it. I’m saying he didn’t mean it the way it was interpreted. You’re saying what was said is okay…which I don’t necessarily agree with…but I’m not one to get upset over it due to the fact that I was fortunate enough to not have any loved ones in the incident…had I had any I probably would have had an entirely different outlook perhaps.

        • Nady Nation

          Your explanation of Ben’s diction choice was disgusting and appalling. I will really have to think hard about reading your comments again on this blog.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Heh.

          • Rick

            Ben’s diction choice was very poor. I’m sorry if you don’t see it that way. As someone who was deeply impacted by the events of 9/11 I understand why “The Last Paragraph” would be angered.

            • Makavelli

              I understand both sides. I don’t really “blame” anybody in this particular disagreement. A poor choice of wording? perhaps…but maybe he generally felt that way…and if he actually felt that way how can you blame him for writing how he felt on his own blog? On the other hand, “The Last Paragraph” could have felt entirely different…perhaps lost somebody he cared about or knew people in the horrible event in which he feels ultimately different than Ben. And I don’t blame him for feeling that way one bit.

              But who says you have to take sides here?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              No, Ben’s diction choice was clear and fine.

              The Last Paragraph ascribed tons of false meaning into Ben’s diction and put words in his mouth.

              Ben never “Compared everything being “okay” to a Yankee fan to the state of the real world after the events of 9/11″ like The Last Paragraph claimed.

              Ben never said that the “home run made ‘everything okay’ to the millions of American citizens” like The Last Paragraph claimed.

              Dude is twisting Ben’s innocent personal anecdote into a sweeping blanket statement about something else.

    • Makavelli

      I will really have to think hard about returning to this blog.

      LP,

      I get in trouble for this a lot on this board. It was a poor choice of words to use but I’m sure he didn’t mean it as literally as you are taking it. “Everything okay.” being used in his literature might have been meant as something in yours perhaps. I don’t truly think that because of Derek Jeter’s homerun…everybody who lost their family members, friends, and colleagues were entirely fine during or after the home run.

      Perhaps it was meant as poor wording for “everyone who was watching had something to take their mind off…if only for a moment”.

      Either way. Things shouldn’t be taken so literally on these boards. I don’t know Ben all that well but I’m fairly certain he didn’t mean the way it was interpreted…even though it’s exactly what was said in the post.

      But you have your opinions and reactions as I do mine. If a misunderstanding had you packing up your things immediately…I guess that’s your own personal choice.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      As a Yankee fan and frequent reader of this blog, I’m deeply angered and ashamed at the poor choice of wording.

      Would you have preferred a “for me” somewhere in there? Because that’s the context. For me, it would be okay. I made some great friends in college over baseball. I felt more comfortable there after a few months of finding people who had similar interests as I did.

      It wasn’t meant as some statement on the geopolitics or U.S. foreign policy after Sept. 11. It was meant as a personal reflection, and it wasn’t a poor choice of words either. You shouldn’t be deeply angered and ashamed. That certainly wasn’t my intention, and I’m sorry you feel that way. Feel free to e-mail me if you want to talk about it.

      • Rick

        Very classy for you to apologize, it wasn’t necessary but very classy.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          +1

    • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      His choice of words was not “disgusting and appalling.” When I read that sentence I found it a bit clunky and I think it’s the kind of phrasing that might be edited and altered upon further review by Ben, but it wasn’t disgusting and appalling. I think he meant, and I don’t think anyone could take issue with him saying, that watching baseball that Fall offered him a return to some sort of normalcy during a time of great sadness, anger and fear. That sentiment is a sentiment that has clearly been echoed by many of us, and I don’t see how anyone could take issue with it.

      The Yankees’ 2001 postseason run provided an emotional escape and release for many of us. Was ‘everything ok’ in the world just because we got to watch the Yankees that postseason? No, of course not. But it offered many of us an escape and affirmed for many of us that we could start to move on and continue healing and moving towards normalcy. I don’t mean to speak for Ben, but as someone who wrote above about the same feelings as Ben expressed in his post, I think I get what he meant, and I think you should slow down a bit and be a bit more even-handed, reasonable and diplomatic in your critique.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Was ‘everything ok’ in the world just because we got to watch the Yankees that postseason? No, of course not.

        And again, Ben did NOT say that Derek’s homer made everything okay IN THE WORLD.

        He didn’t say that. Let’s not argue about whether or not what Ben DIDN’T say was wrong or inappropriate.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Just in case I wasn’t clear in my post, above, I agree with your comments on this subject.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I was picking up what you were putting down.

            Just adding emphasis.

            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Cool, just checking.

  • Wayne’s World

    Beautifully done, Ben. This one’s a keeper.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

    completely 100% agree. I was at that game, and aside from game6 in 96, I’ve never felt the stadium’s energy like it was after that HR.

  • Nels

    Jeter’s game four HR was great, but for me this was the defining moment of the 2001 WS:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....5122685717

  • nilnil

    could you please give me the link of that clip of replay?