I mean, could it have ended any other way? After the Orioles stunned the crowd at Yankee Stadium by scoring three runs off David Roberston to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory in the final home game of his career.
Jose Pirela led off the bottom of the ninth with a single against Evan Meek before Brett Gardner bunted pinch-runner Antoan Richardson over to second base. Jeter then slapped an opposite-field single to bring home Pirela with the winning run. Storybook ending complete. Check it out below:
What else can you say? Sometimes you just have to let moments speak for themselves. Baseball is the best.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.