Derek Jeter Gets a Yankee Stadium Send-off Fit for Hollywood
By Sophie Schillaci
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.
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!!
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.