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October 25, 2012

David Justice congratulates Jeter after his 1st-pitch homer (AP)

On this day 12 years ago the Yankees grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Subway Series thanks in large part to a first pitch home run by Derek Jeter.  The previous night the Mets avoided disaster with a come-from-behind win to spoil Orlando Hernandez’ solid outing.  Game 4 gave them a chance to even the series, but Jeter served notice that the Yanks were not going forfeit their supremacy so easily.

On the first pitch of the game from Bobby Jones, who pitched a 1-hitter in the NLDS, Jeter jumped on it, sending a shot into the bleachers in left field for a 1-0 lead just seconds into the game.  They tacked on a run in the 2nd when a Scott Brosius sacrifice fly scored Paul O’Neill, and in the 3rd on a groundout by Luis Sojo that plated Jeter after he tripled to start the inning.  A Mike Piazza home run in the 3rd off of Denny Neagle electrified the Shea Stadium crowd and cut the deficit to 1, but it would be the last run of the game for either side.  Neagle, David Cone, Jeff Nelson, Mike Stanton, and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch shutout ball over the final 6 innings while allowing just 3 hits.  The bullpen proved to be huge as Neagle left the game after just 4.2 innings in the 3-2 win.

We are not satisfied until we get that fourth win.  We don’t care where we win it, we have been in every possible position in the postseason.  We don’t stop grinding until we get that fourth win.

| Tino Martinez |

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