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Saturday, September 27, 2014
A Special Thanks to Antoan Richardson. The Runner Who Scored on Jeter's Walk-Off Hit.
Derek Jeter's walk-off hit during his final plate appearance at Yankee Stadium will be something I never forget. The score was tied 5-5 between the Yankees and the Orioles going into the bottom of the ninth. There was one out and a runner on second base (Antoan Richardson), when Derek Jeter starting walking up to the plate. Once the crowd realized what they were about to see, the entire stadium was on it's feet chanting DER-EK JE-TER... DER-EK JE-TER! As noisy as the place was, it became incredibly quite just before the first pitch. The 48,613 fans that were in attendance were looking for a fairy tale ending to one of the most incredible careers in baseball history and THEY GOT IT! Jeter hit the first pitch he saw into shallow right field towards Orioles out fielder, Nick Markakis. Markakis threw the ball towards homeplate as Richardson was racing in. Richardson slid in, beat the throw, scored the winning run.
While Derek Jeter is a household name, Antoan Richardson is not. He spent 10 years bouncing around the minors. Prior to his call-up on September 4th, Richardson had just nine games of MLB experience; all with the Braves in 2011. With 20 career games now under his belt, Richardosn now has six hits, six stolen bases and 15 at-bats. He waited 10 long years to finally make an impact in the majors. He did it in a way the NOBODY saw coming. By scoring the winning run on Jeter's last at-bat in Yankee Stadium, Richardson gave Jeter, the 48,613 fans that were at the game and the millions watching from home the story-book ending we were all looking for. He also gave himself a story that he will be able to tell his grandkids about.