Going Out With A Bang

Going Out With A Bang
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NBA legend Michael Jordan leaps into the air after his Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Finals. It was his third straight championship and the sixth title of his illustrious career.
Some pro athletes quietly leave the game while others exit in brilliant fashion
When an athlete’s career is built of awe-inspiring moments, beginning, middle and end, then it reads like an essay—balanced and complete. Such was the career of one Derek Jeter, who played in his last game at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014.  With Antoan Richardson on second and one out in the ninth, Jeter leaned over the plate in his familiar stance. Baltimore righty Evan Meek delivered a thigh-high heater on the outer edge, where his objective met Jeter’s intention. Jeter drilled it between first and second. Nick Markakis’ throw home was too late to nab Richardson. The Yankees won Jeter’s last-ever home game, 6-5. How many will remember the number 3,465, …
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