Derek Jeter Through the Years

A look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Captain's career.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Andruw Jones #22 of the New York Yankees celebrates winning the American League East Division Championship with Derek Jeter #2 after their 14-2 win against the Boston Red Sox on October 3, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees and Brett Gardner #11 dump Gatorade on Derek Jeter #2 after he hit a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) tips his cap to fans during a pregame ceremony honoring the Yankees captain, who is retiring at the end of the season, on Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.
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American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, singles during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being pulled in the fourth inning during the All-Star Game in Minneapolis Tuesday night.
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Derek Jeter had a pair of hits in his last All-Star Game on Tuesday, a 5-3 American League win.
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Jeter has given us plenty of reasons to smile through the years. The Yankees shortstop announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Take a look back at some of his best moments.
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter arrives for a workout at the Yankees' minor league facility Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday saying the 2014 will be his last year playing professional baseball.
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, top, jumps to avoid Boston Red Sox runner Mike Napoli who was out on a fielder's choice during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium.
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Jeter, playing with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, hits a double on a fly ball to left field at his first at bat during a Triple-A baseball game against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter laughs during a news conference about his left ankle injury before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
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Jeter hits a solo home run in the third inning for career hit 3,000 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011.
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Jeter rounds the bases after hitting his 3,000th hit.
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Jeter waves to the fans after reaching his 3,000-hit milestone.
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Jeter celebrates at home with teammates Jorge Posada #20, Mariano Rivera #42, Alex Rodriguez #13 and Curtis Granderson #14 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for career hit 3,000.
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Jeter celebrates at home with teammate Alex Rodriguez #13.
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Thousands of hits, five World Series rings and countless memories have followed Jeter's arrival on the scene.
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Jeter rounds first in Game One of the 1996 ALCS wondering why everyone was going crazy in right field. He, and the rest of us, would soon learn that Jeffrey Maier was the reason why.
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It didn't take Jeter long to pick up his first World Series ring. He was just getting warmed up.
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Jeter had already become a fan favorite by his second year in the big leagues.
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Jeter slides into second during the first interleague game in Yankees history. He would go on to crush the Mets during their annual regular season meetings and one huge postseason series.
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The 1997 season ended in pain for Jeter and the Yankees. It would be quite a few years before they felt it again.
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By the time Jeter hit a home run in Game Four of the 1998 World Series, the Yankees had plowed through all of baseball to a record 124 wins. Their 125th and final win of the year would come in just a few innings.
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All Yankee fans have a special place in their heart for Jeter, but women took a special interest in him. Bringing them flowers didn't hurt.
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Jeter was quite thrilled to be part of another World Series sweep in 1999. That's three rings in four years, in case you haven't been keeping count.
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Jeter mugs with teammates before the 2000 All-Star Game. Jeter would win the MVP Award for the game, part of a big year for the Captain.
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When Game Four of the 2000 World Series began, the Yankees were coming off a loss at Shea Stadium. It took Jeter one pitch to put them in the lead and the Mets would go down in five games as Jeter picked up another MVP Award for his trophy case.
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Jeter and George Steinbrenner celebrate the 2000 World Series. They'd go on to star in a commercial together and there's little doubt that Jeter is the face of the Big Stein era.
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Is this the most iconic play of Jeter's iconic career? He had no business cutting off an errant throw to the plate with no score in Game Three of the ALDS, but there he was and Jeremy Giambi was out at the plate. The Yankees would go on to win the game and two more to erase a 2-0 A's series lead.
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Jeter greets a firefighter in the days after the attack on the World Trade Center. The run that Jeter and the Yankees made to the World Series that year helped New York take its mind off 9/11 for a moment.
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Game Four of the 2001 World Series was memorable for several reasons. There was Tino Martinez's game-tying home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth and the fact that the game went into November for the first time in MLB history. And then there was Jeter's walk-off.
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The Yankees run stopped at three straight titles ended when Luis Gonzalez put a ball just over the infield in the ninth inning of Game Seven.
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In 2002, Jeter and the Yankees fell short of the World Series for the first time since 1997. The Captain still had his touch with the ladies, however.
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This shot is from 2002, but it is a play we've seen quite often in Jeter's career. A play deep in the hole, a plant and a jumping throw to get a runner at first base.
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Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra were in constant competition for the first chunk of their careers along with another guy who will figure more prominently later in this gallery. Their rivalry's final chapter was the 2003 ALCS, including this run-in at second base.
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Jeter became the Yankee captain in 2003, a natural progression for a career that started with fanfare that has kept getting louder.
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Two words: Aaron Boone.
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The celebration wouldn't last, however, as the Yankees lost the World Series to the Marlins in six games. After six trips in his first eight years, it would be a while before Jeter made it back to the Fall Classic.
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A-Rod arrived before the 2004 season, touching off a million tabloid stories and creating a sticky situation in the clubhouse between the two former friends who now didn't get along. It would be years before the ice thawed between them.
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You probably don't need any description of this one, but just to be safe: 12th inning, tie game against the Red Sox in July, 2004. Jeter chases foul ball down the line, into the stands and into a chair. He gets up with a bloodied face...and the ball. The legend grows a little larger.
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Another playoff game in the Bronx ends in dramatic fashion with Jeter in the thick of things. It's Game Two of the 2004 ALDS this time and Jeter scores the winner in extra innings on Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly.
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Jeter is all smiles as the Yankees take a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS against the Red Sox. Things would not be getting any better.
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The less said about Game Seven of the 2004 ALCS the better.
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Gary Sheffield offers his congratulations on Jeter's first (and, to date, only) grand slam. Hey, the guy can't do everything.
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2005 touched off a series of disappointing playoff exits and started a revolving door of former enemies brought into town to help Jeter back to the top of the mountain. Johnny Damon was one of them.
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The rest of the country got a chance to cheer for Jeter when he played for Team USA in the first World Baseball Classic.
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The classic Jeter swing resulted in his 2,000th career hit against the Royals on May 26, 2006. If he had stopped there, it would have been plenty.
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Curtis Granderson plays with Jeter these days, but back in 2006 he was one of the guys knocking the Yankees out of the playoffs in the first round.
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Jeter would have to say goodbye to Joe Torre after the 2007 season ended with another first round exit. It ended badly, something that probably resonates with Jeter now and then.
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Jeter with a gaggle of Hall of Fame shortstops during the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. He'll be joining them five years after he finishes playing.
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It's no surprise that Jeter was the player chosen to address the fans at the last night of the old Yankee Stadium. The building didn't get to host any playoff games as the Yankees missed the postseason for the first time since Jeter arrived on the scene.
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You were expecting somebody else to hit the game-winning homer in the first Yankee win at the new Stadium?
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Jeter became the all-time Yankee hit leader on September 11, 2009 against the Orioles. His lead just keeps on growing.
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The Angels had knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs in their two previous postseason meetings. Revenge finally came in the 2009 ALCS and the Yankees were back in the World Series.
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Derek Jeter and his fellow old-timers reacquaint themselves with the World Series trophy.
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Parades suit Jeter very well.
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Yogi Berra is one of the few guys who can tell Jeter that he's lacking in World Series experience.
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This isn't a particularly significant moment in Jeter's career, but it is a funny face.
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The 2010 playoffs ended with a loss to Texas in the ALCS and it meant Jeter had to say goodbye to Andy Pettitte. Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera remain as the other links to the glorious early years of Jeter's career.
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Jeter's first time as a free agent led to a lot of angry words between him and the Yankees at the end of 2010. Everything cleared up eventually, though, and Jeter will end his career right where it started.
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Jeter's drive for 3,000 hit a snag when he strained his calf in June. You can't stop history from marching on for long, however.
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Andruw Jones #22 of the New York Yankees celebrates winning the American League East Division Championship with Derek Jeter #2 after their 14-2 win against the Boston Red Sox on October 3, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees breaks his bat during Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 11, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees runs to first base during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles on October 11, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 in the ALCS against the Tigers.
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Playoff life without Jeter is hard to fathom.
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