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October 25, 2012

Jeter becomes Mr. November (Sports Illustrated)

Derek JeterWorld Series Game 4 | vs. Arizona Diamondbacks | 10/31/2001

Through the first 3 games of the World Series the Yankees vaunted offense had produced just 3 runs.  Now, in game 4, they had mustered just 1 run after 7 stellar innings from Curt Schilling, then went in order in the 8th against Byung-Hyun Kim.  Trailing 3-1 entering the 9th things did not look promising, especially after Bernie Williams struck out for the 2nd out of the inning.  Then, with Paul O’Neill on 1st, Tino Martinez had one of his most iconic moments as a Yankee, crushing a 2-run, game-tying blast to right-center to breathe new life into the 55,863 at the Stadium.

After Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 10th, the Bombers had a chance to walk off with an improbable win.  The Yankees quickly racked up 2 outs on fly balls by Brosius and Alfonso Soriano, brining Derek Jeter to the plate.  As October turned into November, a first for Major League baseball, Jeter put together a gritty at bat, working a full count against the righty.  Then, on the 9th pitch of the at bat, Jeter hit an opposite field line drive toward the short porch in right field.  Right fielder Reggie Sanders went back to the wall, but the shot just cleared the fence to give the Yanks a 4-3 victory and Jeter the nickname “Mr. November.”

On an unseasonably warm night in the Bronx, a night filled with Halloween magic, the Yankees had given their city a much needed jolt in the midst of so much suffering in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

We always feel as though we have a chance to win a game.  When you get to the postseason, you can throw everything out that you’ve done in the regular season.

| Derek Jeter |

Listen to Jeter talk about that home run here.

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