Captain's Log: Derek Jeter's career against the Oakland Athletics
The 2014 season will be Derek Jeter's last, the culmination of 20 years of dominance in Major League Baseball. With his pending retirement announced, Jeter will make his final visits to 18 ballparks this year, play in his final game at Yankee Stadium, and, if all goes well, his final All-Star Game and postseason as well.
Throughout the season, as Jeter makes his final stop in each opposing city, YESNetwork.com will take a look back at just how well the surefire Hall of Famer has done at every locale - and with the Yankees making their only trip to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum this week, we take a look at how Jeter has matched up with the Athletics over the last two decades.
The stadium in Oakland has had plenty of different names over the course of Derek Jeter's career, but the building itself has not changed during his two-decade career. The Athletics and Yankees have competed fiercely multiple times during The Captain's career, but nothing quite like the 2001 ALDS, when the famous "Flip Play" occurred.
To be exact, Jeter and the Yankees faced the A's in the ALDS in both 2000 and 2001. The Yankees went on to win both series in five games, and Jeter hit a combined .308 between the two. You'll see why in the numbers below, but the Athletics have very little to be sad about as Jeter says his final farewell to the Bay area.
Derek Jeter's career line vs. Athletics (156 games/638 AB)
.306 average (195 hits) 13 HR, 71 RBI, 116 runs
Jeter's career line in Oakland (73 games/297 AB)
.340 average (101 hits) 7 HR, 40 RBI, 56 runs.
THE FLIP PLAY:
Despite the fact that Jeter is hitting an amazing .340 during his career in Oakland, everybody knows he'll be remembered in the Bay area for one play: the flip.
It was Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series. The Yankees had lost games 1 AND 2 at Yankee Stadium. With their season on the line, Mike Mussina was pitching a gem, and a solo home run by Jorge Posada was the only run in the column.
With Jeremy Giambi on first base and two outs in the bottom of the 7th, Terrence Long hit a screamer down the first base line. The A's third base coach at the time, current Rangers manager Ron Washington, sent Giambi home.
Yankees right fielder Shane Spencer missed both of his cutoff men, but it turned out -- after all that -- there was a third. Jeter ran past the first base line, picked up the ball and all in one motion tossed it to Posada, who promptly tagged out Giambi.
The Yankees won Game 3, 1-0. And won the series in five games.