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11/01/2001 04:59 AM ET
Jeter's new nickname a perfect fit
By Mark Feinsand
Derek Jeter, who was 1-for-15 to start the World Series, came to the plate just seconds after the clock struck midnight and made history.
Jeter's HR:  56k | 300k

NEW YORK -- After Derek Jeter put on his own personal highlight show in the Division Series, Reggie Jackson reminded everyone that he had trademarked the name "Mr. October," noting that the Yankee shortstop would have to find himself a new nickname.

No problem. Say hello to Mr. November.

Jeter, who was 1-for-15 to start the World Series, came to the plate with two outs in the 10th inning, just seconds after the clock struck midnight. For the first time, the World Series had stretched into November, meaning someone would have the opportunity to become baseball's first-ever November hero.

Jeter became that somebody, hitting a 3-2 slider off Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim over the right-field wall, giving the Yankees a 4-3 win, and tying the World Series at two games apiece in the process.

"When I first hit it, I had no idea whether it was going to go out, but once it goes out, it's a pretty special feeling," Jeter said. "I've never hit a walk-off home run before so it was a special experience."

Jeter, whose 14-game World Series hitting streak came to an end with two hitless games in Arizona, had been struggling at the plate throughout this series. Wednesday was no different, even after manager Joe Torre moved his shortstop into the leadoff spot. In his first four at-bats, Jeter didn't get the ball out of the infield, showing signs of frustration with each swing.