My most memorable Wrigley Field experience came just last year, on June 21st, 2014. The Cubs took on the Yankees on a sunny, cloudless afternoon, an afternoon that would mark Derek Jeter’s final game at Wrigley. The Cubs took an early 2-0 lead and held it going into the 8th inning when Jeter came up to the plate. Assuming it would be his final at-bat at Wrigley, the entire ballpark gave Jeter one last standing ovation, a final goodbye for “The Captain.” I clapped right alongside my dad, thinking it would be the last time we’d see Jeter take an at-bat. However, the Yankees tied the game, 2-2, in the 9th and the game went into extra innings. Jeter stepped up to the plate in the 10th and received another “final” standing ovation. Then another in the 12th. Finally, the Yankees took a 4-2 lead in the 13th and Jeter came up to the plate again. The remaining fans erupted in yet another cheer for “The Captain,” his fourth “final” ovation of the afternoon. The Cubs lost, 4-2, in 13 innings, but the class of all the Cubs fans who stood and cheered for Jeter, an opposing Yankee, will always stick with me.
Derek Jeter's final game at Wrigley
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