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.