In order to pay an appropriate tribute to retiring New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, the Oakland A's will be forced to acknowledge and relive one of the most painful moments in franchise history. Of course, we're talking about Jeter's incredible flip play during Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS that not only saved a Yankees 1-0 victory, but saved their season as they entered down two games to none.
If you're somehow not familiar, we'll quickly refresh your memory. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Oakland's Terrence Long ripped a ball in the right field corner that was fielded by Shane Spencer. Spencer's throw back in overshot the cutoff man and was well off line to home plate, but Jeter sailed over from his shortstop position to track down the ball and flip it to Jorge Posada, who tagged out the would be tying run in Jeremy Giambi.
It was Jeter's career-defining moment, Not even his Mr. November home run during the 2001 World Series or his 3,000th career hit come close. On the flip side, if you pardon the pun, it was a dream crusher for Oakland, which may explain why the A's pregame show on Comcast SportsNet was only willing to go so far in reliving that painful moment.
They acknowledged it happened, mainly because it couldn't be ignored, but viewer discretion was advised.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That also extends to watching sports highlights, because we all have at least one that we see repeatedly and still somehow hope the result will change this time. Unfortunately, it never does. But if we only had the will to censor it within our own minds, we might be healthier for it.
With that in mind, which sports highlight would you like to censor or block from your memory? It doesn't have to be baseball. And if you're a New York Rangers fan, it can be from within the past 24 hours.
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