Derek Jeter will take his place in Cooperstown on July 26 when he's officially placed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And with that plaque entering the Hall, it brings with it tons of iconic moments over Jeter's 20-year career with the Yankees.
One that comes to mind right away is his heads-up play against the Oakland A's in the 2001 ALDS that was eventually dubbed "The Flip Play." Throughout his career, Jeter didn't really dwell on it or break down how jaw-dropping it was to everyone watching.
But, now that he's headed to the Hall of Fame, he stopped by the MLB Network studios to do just that with Harold Reynolds. Still, he downplayed his famous flip to Jorge Posada to get Jeremy Giambi out at home plate.
"Doing my job. We work on this in Spring Training," he said.
Jeter broke down what was going through his head when Terrence Long roped a ball down the right field line and into the corner.
"My job is to watch the runner," Jeter began. "The runner at first was Jeremy Giambi, and [I] saw the ball down the line and my job is to, one, see if there's going to be a play at third base. But once you see that Giambi is going to go home, my job was to then be the third cut-off man to redirect the throw to third base.
"Now we don't actually practice shuffle passing the ball to home plate, but my job if you look at the replay, if I actually wanted to throw to third base we could've got Terrence at third."
If Jeter could've easily gotten Long at third, why turn quickly and get the ball to home? Well, like he said, he knew who was running.
"I said it before, and I say this very respectfully, the Giambi family is not very fast so I knew we had an opportunity to get him at the plate," he said jokingly.
"If he actually hits one of the first two cut-off men, then he's out at home plate by about 10 feet."
Instead, Jeter's amazing flip goes down as one of many clutch plays he racked up over his legendary career. He always had a knack to be in the right place at the right time, and for this play in particular, he knew the moment he needes to sprint over from second base to that first base line.
"As soon as he threw it," Jeter said.