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Rookie jitters? Ancient history for Jeter

Captain's come quite a long way since his first playoff win against the Rangers in '96

Updated: October 15, 2010, 10:02 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Jeter had choked, simple as that. That was the easy angle, anyway. In his first playoff game in 1996, against these same Texas Rangers, Jeter popped up with the bases loaded and left six men stranded across a lost night in the Bronx.

People were calling the shortstop a lot of things back then, and Mr. November sure wasn't one of them.

The 22-year-old kid was surrounded at his postgame locker, his interrogators ditching their cameras and notebooks for pitchforks ...

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