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Victor Cruz says Derek Jeter provided best sports moment


In many ways, athletes aren't like us.

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In others, they are. And one of those areas is being a fan, which we can all relate to in our lives. You'll see exactly that next week at the 2015 ESPYS in Los Angeles, where athletes all over the world will gather to celebrate the past year in sports.

In keeping with that theme, ESPN released a series of promotions for the awards show titled "Athletes as Fans" that features current stars sharing their favorite memories as spectators.

Among them was Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who recalled watching shortstop New York Yankees Derek Jeter's game-winning RBI single last September in his final at-bat in Yankee Stadium.

"When I think of best moments I've got to go with Derek Jeter, his last at-bat for the Yankees," Cruz said. "The stage was set for him, bottom of the ninth, tie ballgame, and I almost jumped out of my skin when he hit the ball. He came through and delivered the way he's delivered time and time again for the Yankees. I just hope to only have half the story that he has with his career."

Like Jeter, Cruz has certainly woven himself into the fabric of sports in the Tri-State Area, including his 99-yard touchdown against the Jets that sparked the Giants' 2011 Super Bowl run.

Meanwhile, getting there is Odell Beckham Jr., who is up for two awards at the upcoming ESPYS: "Best Breakthrough Athlete" and "Best Play" for "The Catch" that he made against Dallas in Week 12.

Fans can determine the winners by voting on until the start of the show, which will broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The 2015 ESPYS will be hosted by actor and comedian Joel McHale as celebrities from both the sports and entertainment worlds gather to commemorate the past year in sports. The ESPYS honor ESPN's commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.


THANK YOU Derek Jeter for bringing us countless memories and being 100% pure class! #RE2PECT

Posted by New York Giants on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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