We Remember: Derek Jeter Pulling off 'The Flip' to Save the Yankees

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffOctober 9, 2013

via MLB Video
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On October 13, 2001, Derek Jeter secured his place in baseball history as a winner with his backhanded flip to Jorge Posada in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

With the Yankees facing elimination and Jeremy Giambi headed for home, RF Shane Spencer's throw didn't reach the cutoff man and dribbled down the first-base line. Giambi would have easily made it home had Jeter not been way out of his shortstop position to flip the ball towards home and set up Posada's tag at the plate. 

The play is credited with changing the series, as the Yankees won this game and went on to beat the A's in the following two games to take the series. The Yankees went on to lose in the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.