Jeter always in position to win
October 13, 2001 --The play has been come to be remembered as "The Flip." The Yankees were leading the A's 1-0 in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series in Oakland when Terrence Long doubled into the rightfield corner. When Shane Spencer overthrew the cutoff man, it looked as if Jeremy Giambi would score from first base.
But Derek Jeter, who had raced across the field to back up between first base and home plate, snared the ball with an on-the-run leap and from foul territory flipped sidearm and backhand to Jorge Posada. The catcher tagged Giambi on the back of his leg just before he crossed home plate.
The play was extraordinary under any circumstances, but the context - a nationally televised game of a postseason series in which the Yankees had fallen behind two games to none - brought Jeter an avalanche of publicity. It also helped that the game ended 1-0 and that the Yankees went on to win the best-of-five series. Most fans used the word "instinct" to describe the play.
But Jeter, with characteristic modesty, provided a different reason for being in the right location. The shortstop explained that there is no other logical place for him to be on that play. He also said that the Yankees practice that play in spring training.
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