Derek Jeter Gets a Yankee Stadium Send-off Fit for Hollywood

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Hollywood couldn't have written a better send-off for Derek Jeter.
The baseball legend played his final career game at home in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, delivering both drama and triumph. Frankly, it's a must-see. If you missed it live, watch a replay in ETonline's video above.
After his team squandered a three-run lead, Jeter took the field during the bottom of the ninth inning in his final home at-bat of his career. With the teams all tied up, Jeter hit a walk-off single to win the game 6-5.
Now this is the stuff that films are made of! In fact, we'd be willing to bet that plenty of screenwriters are typing away on their own versions of Jeter: The Movie as we speak.
And this isn't the only emotional send-off Jeter has received during his final season. Nike produced a star-studded goodbye ad earlier this year featuring Jay Z, Michael Jordan, Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, Tiger Woods and even rival baseball players.
In a post-game interview with USA Today, Jeter described his final moments on the field as "an out of body experience" and said "It was a weird range of emotions. I was just trying not to cry."
Meanwhile, fans, fellow athletes and celebs were lighting up Twitter to pay their respects to the Captain. Throughout the game's live telecast, Jeter was mentioned on Twitter more than 1.3 million times with commemorative hashtags including #RE2PECT and #FarewellCaptain. At its highest point, the microblogging site saw more than 70,000 tweets per minute relating to Jeter.

Jeter always played the game in the most respectful way. Honored to have been able to watch, play and learn from one of the greatest!!

— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) September 26, 2014

An epic night for one of my favorite guys! Feel honored to have played beside him and to call him my friend. #RE2PECT#FarewellCaptain

— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) September 26, 2014

Incredible!!! Did anyone expect anything less. #storybook#RE2PECT#FairWellCaptain

— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) September 26, 2014

Congratulations to Derek Jeter for an amazing career in NY from the #NYR organization. #FarewellCaptain#RE2PECTpic.twitter.com/2r31xZHlvA

— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 26, 2014

The best. #RE2PECTpic.twitter.com/vtRc39O9Rg

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 26, 2014

The best. #RE2PECTpic.twitter.com/vtRc39O9Rg

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 26, 2014

Wow!! Couldn't have scripted it any better for one of the very best. Jeter with the walkoff in the Bronx! #RE2PECT#FarewellCaptain

— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) September 26, 2014
We have no doubts that Thursday's game will wind up on the big screen someday -- but we want to know, who do you think should play Jeter? Hit the comments with your suggestions and join the conversation online using #ETNow.
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