Derek Jeter

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Derek Jeter Ties 2001 World Series with 10th Inning HR in the Jordan IX Cleat PE

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, your 2013 MLB Champions. After a long road that included controversial calls, behemoth beards, and much more, Boston closed out the postseason against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 home win last night to win the World Series 4-2. Unsurprisingly, “Big Papi” David Ortiz was honored with the World Series MVP award.

Historically, late October is always filled with World Series fever. During this time in 2001, the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks were matched up for the title. Arizona had kicked off the series with back to back wins, followed by a Yankees victory to bring the series to 2-1. On Halloween day, the Yankees hosted Arizona for Game 4 of the 2001 World Series. Going into the 9th, Arizona had a commanding 3-1 lead and looked posed to take control of the series.

At the bottom of the inning, the Yankees managed to convert two runs to tie the game and force a tenth inning of play. After the Diamondbacks went scoreless, superstar shortstop Derek Jeter of the Yankees blasted a homer off of Byung-Hyun Kim which gave New York the win and tied the series at two wins apiece. From that point, the Yankees failed to take control of the series and were defeated in 7 games, but Derek Jeter’s decisive home run on this day in history allowed them to hang on for a bit longer.

Derek Jeter is known for his long-running signature line with Jordan Brand, which was documented in The Complete History of Baseball Signature Trainers. However, in 2001, the relationship between Jordan Brand and Derek Jeter was just beginning to develop, and he often wore PE cleated versions of popular Air Jordan legacy models. During this particular game on October 31, 2001, Jeter laced up a pair of Air Jordan IX PE cleats. Unfortunately, this exclusive style was never released to the public, and has since become one of the rarest pieces of Derek Jeter memorabilia.

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