Former Yankees SS Derek Jeter has made many iconic plays throughout his career. But, on this date in 2001, the most bizarre one of them all came in Oakland against the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS.
The Yankees were down 0-2 in the series, but held a one-run lead when Terrence Long came to the plate with Jeremy Giambi on first base and Mike Mussina on the mound. Long laced a pitch down the right field line, and Giambi got on his horse around the bases as the ball made its way to the corner.
By the time Shane Spencer got to the ball in right, Giambi was headed for third and had no intentions of stopping there. As Giambi touched the bag, Spencer's throw came into the infield, but it went over the head of cut-off man Tino Martinez.
Undoubtedly, the run should have scored. That is until Derek Jeter made arguably his best instinctual play of his career...
"The Flip," as it is known, kept the Yankees' lead in Game 3, and would be a key moment in New York battling back for three straight wins to move on in the postseason and eventually make it to the World Series.