Derek Jeter's flip play against Oakland in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS is considered one of the greatest plays in baseball history. The underlying notion is that if Jeter had not intercepted the ball and flipped it to Posada, Giambi would have been safe.
Contrary to what I've read on various forums that have discussed the play though, the video shows that the throw from the right-fielder was not off target and the ball had not slowed to a crawl by the time Jeter intervened. I suspect that if Jeter had not intercepted the ball and taken the time to flip it, the ball would have gotten to Posada earlier, Giambi still would have been out, and the play would not have been as close as it was.
Has there ever been any analysis done on this play? I know that ESPN sometimes does a "Sport Science" segment for certain notable plays. I would be interested in knowing the direction and speed of the ball just before Jeter intercepted it, and the speed of the ball after he flipped it.