Hollywood couldn’t have written a better fairy-tale ending for Derek Jeter’s last game in New York on Thursday night.
When the beloved team captain went to bat at the bottom of the ninth against the Baltimore Orioles, the score was tied 5-5, with pinch runner Antoan Richardson on second base.
Then Jeter hit a perfect single base to right field, giving Richardson the chance to run home and win the game. The crowd went crazy, and Jeter was embraced by his teammates before being greeted by fellow retired Yankees Mariano Rivera, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, and his former manager Joe Torre.
Nearly 50,000 fans, many wearing Yankees hats – including Jeter’s young nephew Jalen – that said "Re2pect", gave Jeter a standing ovation, chanting Jeter’s name as he tipped his cap to them.
“It almost seemed like it was pre-destined,” said the announcer.
There was ample star power in the bleachers as well: Celebs like Jay Z, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Pratt were among the fans who turned up for the historic game.
The cheering went beyond the Bronx and out onto social media, as celebs took to Twitter to give props to the legendary shortstop.
Among those still reliving the moment may be Jeter himself, who said at a post-game press conference: “I need to get a tape of the game. It was like an out-of-body experience.”