With Derek Jeter’s last game played at Yankee Stadium last night wasn’t without drama. Leading up to the game, forecasts called for heavy rain and wind, thus threatening The Captain’s home and career finale at Yankee Stadium. Then there was how they would honor him in the 7th, 8th or 9th inning. But none was as dramatic as the Yankees blowing a 5-2 lead in the 9th and threatening to send Jeter out of Yankee Stadium with a loss.
But whatever you want to call it or whatever you may believe in, people everywhere found themselves watching Number 2, Derek Jeter, Number 2 walk up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning in a tie game with a runner in scoring position. What did he do next? A walk-off game winning hit, his first since 2007, which sealed the deal on his storybook career at Yankee Stadium.
While fans, non fans, kids and adults everywhere celebrated the legendary Yankees’ captain’s last hit at Yankee stadium, let’s take a look at the best reactions from friends of DJ, fellow athletes and other celebrates who took to Twitter to pay their RE2PECT to Number 2.
12. Former New York Yankees Minor Leaguer (for a day) and die hard Yankees fan, Billy Crystal, tweeted what the entire baseball world was thinking.
How about that!!!!!!!!!!—
Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) September 26, 2014
11. The King and New York Rangers goalie, offered his #RE2PECT for “El Capitan.”
Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) September 26, 2014
10. Even NBA players were watching DJ make history.
Danny Green (@DGreen_14) September 26, 2014
9. A fellow Jordan brand ambassador tweeted out his love for Number 2.
Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 26, 2014
8. The perfect song for the perfect moment
What a moment!!!!! Cue Tina Turner, "Simply the Best"!!!!—
Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) September 26, 2014
7. The Grandy Man showing respect to his former teammate.
Congrats to Jeter!!! Great way to finish things at Yankee Stadium!—
Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) September 26, 2014
6. Going down in history … but maybe not for the best stat.
Couldn't have been scripted better. glad I got to compete against such a classy icon. Plus, I may have given up his last homer ever.#RE2PECT—
R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) September 26, 2014
5. Nats pitcher and his dog showing #RE2PECT.
Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47) September 26, 2014
4. E from Entourage putting things in perspective.
Weird when you really think about it. Derek Jeter's life is just beginning #RE2PECT—
Kevin Connolly (@mrkevinconnolly) September 26, 2014
3. O’s Adam Jones speaking for the masses.
Wow just wow. Jeter ur the man. Obviously I want to win but ur a class act and the game and ur peers will miss u more than U know—
10 (@SimplyAJ10) September 26, 2014
2. Jeff Daniels For The Win
In a world where heroes are getting harder and harder to find, remember Derek Jeter for becoming one for the ages. #DerekJeter—
Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) September 26, 2014
1. Even an ex-girlfriend can see how much DJ means to baseball
Dear Derek Jeter, Thank you for being one of the good guys. You will be missed. Your legacy will live on. With respect and gratitude, Alyssa—
Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 26, 2014
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