Jeter recalls ‘flip’ as farewell tour hits Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Jeter has never understood the fuss over his famous flip.

The New York Yankees shortstop just looks back on that moment in Game 3 of the 2001 AL division series as being in the right position and making a play when his team needed it most. All the attention over the flip is what surprises him the most.

Jeter’s retirement tour rolled through a sacred spot Friday night, when the Yankees began a three-game series at the Oakland Athletics. It was at the Oakland Coliseum where Jeter scooped up right fielder Shane Spencer’s errant throw along the first base line and made a backhanded flip to nab Terrence Long at the plate.

The Yankees went on to win the game 1-0, and the series.