Bob Costas Recalls a Favorite Derek Jeter Moment
Sports writer Tom Verducci also honors the Yankee shortstop ahead of his final home game
Derek Jeter is hours away from playing his final home game at Yankee Stadium, and veteran sportscaster Bob Costas and sports writer Tom Verducci are giving him a sendoff.
Costas, Verducci and Jim Kaat will be calling the game, which airs on MLB Network at 7 p.m. The broadcast will include longtime Jeter friend and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, who will make an appearance in the booth.
Costas says it is tough to narrow down the best Jeter moments, but among them was the shortstop throwing out Cal Ripken Jr. in 1996 to advance to the World Series. (See video below.)
"It was sort of one great shortstop of a previous era on his way out, and perhaps the next great one was on his way in," Costas tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Verducci says Jeter's 1996 postseason was when he realized the shortstop had the potential to be one of the greats. Among those moments was the infamous Jeffrey Maier home run.
"For a young player to be that at ease under that much pressure, it really stood out," Verducci says of Jeter's postseason performance.
Both agree that Jeter is among the most respected players of his generation.
"There's something elegant about the way he plays and he had no missteps on the field or off," says Costas. "Even now, as he's not nearly the player he once was, there is still something about the way he carries himself on the field, you can still see that same player in the mind's eye."
MLB Network's broadcast of the Yankees hosting the Baltimore Orioles begins at 7 p.m. ET.