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The legendary Derek Jeter hit the winning run for his perfect Yankee Stadium finale

A sell-out crowd of nearly 49,000 turned out for Jeter’s Bronx farewell last night.

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NEW YORK LEGEND Derek Jeter signed off on his glorious career at Yankee Stadium with a fairytale ending.

The Yankees’ iconic captain stepped up with the game-winning run, a walk-off single, as New York slipped past the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 last night.

Jeter said so long to the delirious Bronx faithful in style in his final game at home.

“It has been a fun 20 years,” the 40-year-old Jeter said.

Jeter, who also barely missed a home run with a RBI double off the wall in his first plate appearance, looked calm on the outside but admitted he was a bundle of nerves in front of a sold out crowd of 48,613.

“I don’t know what just happened,” the 14-time all-star said.

For the first time in my career I was saying please don’t hit it to me. I thought I was going to lose it, and then I had to get ready to hit.

With the scored tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the future Hall-of-Famer stepped up with a runner on second base and blasted an opposite field single through the gap between first and second base.

Yankees’ Antoan Richardson then slid into home safely to beat the throw from Nick Markakis for the winning run, which touched off a wild celebration in the infield around Jeter.

“This was a weird game,” the shortstop said. “I am in tears right now, just a run of emotions.

The first inning I was saying don’t hit me a ground ball. I was extremely nervous and uncomfortable. But it all worked out.

Indeed it did. The only down side is that Jeter’s magical finish came one day after the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention by the Orioles.

The Yankees now play the Red Sox in a season-ending three-game series beginning Friday in Boston, where Jeter said he would finish out his playing career.

Jeter plans to step aside as the team’s shortstop and bat as a designated hitter against Boston.

“Yes I will play in some capacity. This is my last game at shortstop. Out of respect to the Boston fans I will play,” he said.

Jeter said the last few weeks of his farewell tour have been mentally taxing.

“I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. I’ve tried to hide them. Today I wasn’t able to do it.

“It was odd. To be honest the last few weeks got tougher and tougher. It was very difficult but always worth while.”

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