Andy Pettitte

Derek Jeter's wonderful walk-off

Derek Jeter's wonderful walk-off

If Derek Jeter could have scripted his perfect ending at Yankee Stadium, it would have looked a lot like what actually happened Thursday night, but it wouldn’t have happened if the Orioles hadn’t worked so hard on the rewrite.

The Orioles had to rally from a three-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning just to give Jeter a chance to get back to the plate, and they did it with dramatic home runs by Adam Jones and Steve Pearce. It was probably the first time in history a sellout crowd in the Bronx was happy to see the opposing team stage a huge last-inning comeback.

Jeter’s magical farewell also wouldn’t have happened if Orioles manager Buck Showalter had not been in the...