Bucky Dent brought down Boston when he homered over Fenway Park's Green Monster in a one-game tiebreaker for the 1978 AL East title. Brian Doyle hit .438 as a replacement for injured Willie Randolph in that year's World Series
And over in Queens, .219 career hitter Al Weis batted .455 as the 1969 Miracle Mets shocked Baltimore.
Two hours before the game, Girardi spoke of Jeter's attitude, the one that has pushed the team to five World Series titles since 1996.
"What would Derek say? 'I'm great. Let's go.' And that would be his message." Girardi said. "And we have to find a way. We have done it all year long, and we're going to have to do it again."