OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics will honor Derek Jeter before Sunday afternoon's game against the Yankees, as every team has so far this year on the occasion of the retiring Jeter's final visit to their ballpark.
As at everywhere else, there will be parting gifts and probably a sizable donation to Jeter's charitable foundation.
And there will be a video tribute.
What there won't be is a clip of the infamous "Flip Play" -- without a doubt the defining Jeter moment not only in his 20-year career, but in the history of the Yankees and A's.
And yet, as originally reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the planned tribute "conspicuously eliminated all references to that play," according to an A's marketing executive.
"The fans will see a similar level of respect for what Derek Jeter has done on the field, but we didn't want to show something what would make both sides feel awkward," the story quoted Jim Leahey, the A's VP of sales and marketing.
Jeter did his customary interview session with the Oakland media before tonight's game but did not know about the editing of the video tribute until informed of it by ESPNNewYork.com. "Oh, is that right?," a surprised Jeter said. "Well, I've seen it. I'm sure they've all seen it."
For those who haven't -- or just want to relive it in their minds, if not on the O.Co video screens -- The Flip happened in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the 2001 ALCS, with the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead. In a nutshell, Terence Long doubled to right field, Shane Spencer overthrew the cutoff man, Jeter retrieved the throw up the first-base line and flipped the ball, backhanded, to Jorge Posada, who tagged out Jeremy Giambi, who apparently forgot it would have been a good idea to slide.
Asked if, 13 years later, he ever looks at the video of that play and gets impressed by his own resourcefulness and reflexes, Jeter said, “I’ve seen it a lot. I was where I was supposed to be. I’m not supposed to throw it home, but that’s where I’m supposed to be. I’ve never been one to sit down and sing my own praises. I’m happy it was at a big moment for us. Maybe years from now, but I’ve just never sat down and looked at it like that.”
And on Sunday, nobody in the Oakland Coliseum will get a chance to look at it at all.
But just like Jeter, they've all seen it before, and for them at least, once was probably enough.