The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days.
Today we’re looking back at Derek Jeter’s iconic “flip” from the 2001 American League Division Series. The New York Yankees were trailing the Oakland A’s 2-0 in the series, and faced elimination on the night of October 13. What happened that night became the stuff of legend.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning as the A’s went to the plate. With two outs and Jeremy Giambi on first base, Terrence Long hit a line drive into the right field corner. As Giambi rounded third base, right fielder Shane Spencer’s throw missed the cut-off man. It looked as if Giambi would score easily, but then Jeter intervened.
While running across the diamond, Jeter reached out, grabbed the ball and shoveled it to catcher Jorge Posada. Posada tagged a shocked Giambi, who tried to jump over the tag. The Yankees went on to win the series 3-2 en route to a World Series appearance.
Video of the classic play is below: