Friday, July 02, 2004

The most exciting regular season game I've ever seen

Weinreb in Newsday:
Jeter's play to remember
Captain is bloodied, bruised and one of a kind

There went Derek Jeter charging at full speed toward the third-base line, into foul territory to chase a pop fly that he had no business catching in the first place. It was the 12th inning of a Yankees-Red Sox game that seemed as if it might never end, two outs, runners on second and third, and Jeter kept chasing, chasing, chasing Trot Nixon's foul ball all the way to the edge of the stands. He lunged with his glove, did a half-gainer over an empty seat, and landed in a heap of flesh and leather.

Even from afar, it looked awful. It looked like a swan dive into an empty pool.

But this is Jeter, and this is his way-always hard, never stopping - and a moment later, in the midst of several fans, up he popped. He had blood trickling down his bruised right cheek and spotting his uniform, and he had lacerated his chin and bruised his shoulder, and yet there, in his glove, was the baseball. And on his face was a defiant look that most likely will not be forgotten any time soon. Not in Boston, and not in New York.
Lupica in the Daily News:
Jeter had gotten hurt making this amazing play at the corner of the left-field stands, where the stands meet the third-base line. It came in the top of the 12th. The Red Sox had runners on second and third and Trot Nixon looped one down there and here came Jeter like a wide receiver running over the middle in traffic, putting his glove up at the last second, catching the ball because he always does, and then disappearing into the Stadium.

He came up with a cut under his eye and a hurt shoulder. And the ball. And his team and the Red Sox played on at the Stadium, where everybody knew they were witnessing one of those games, the kind you talk about forever when you are in the house.