You wouldn’t blame Derek Jeter if he decided to end his career after tonight’s heroics, but he will play this weekend as the Yankees wrap up their season with a three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston. However, his days of playing shortstop are officially over.
According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Jeter said after tonight’s game that he wanted to remember the view he had at shortstop at Yankee Stadium. He’ll be limited to pinch-hitter or designated hitter duties this weekend at Fenway Park.
“I’ve only played shortstop my entire career,” Jeter said. “And the last time I want to play it was tonight.”
Jeter said he made up his mind today. He’s not sure if he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, but he plans to play “in some capacity” out of “respect to the Boston fans and the rivalry.” Though with the Red Sox out of the race, I’m guessing plenty of Yankees fans will find their way into the building this weekend.
I mean, could it have ended any other way? After the Orioles stunned the crowd at Yankee Stadium by scoring three runs off David Roberston to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory in the final home game of his career.
Jose Pirela led off the bottom of the ninth with a single against Evan Meek before Brett Gardner bunted pinch-runner Antoan Richardson over to second base. Jeter then slapped an opposite-field single to bring home Pirela with the winning run. Storybook ending complete. Check it out below:
What else can you say? Sometimes you just have to let moments speak for themselves. Baseball is the best.
In a story that is sure to fly under the radar in the New York media, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is in attendance for Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium tonight. Meanwhile, the Mets are playing the second game of a doubleheader against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Harvey, who grew up a Yankees fan, made no secret of the fact that was he was at the game. He posted the following picture and message on his Instagram account earlier this evening:
“Tonight is about #RE2PECT!! Saying farewell and paying the man this game has been blessed to have! A childhood idol and it’s now an honor to call a friend!!! #derekjeter“
While Harvey’s presence will provide some extra fuel to fans and columnists/talk radio hosts who have already made up their minds about his character and motivations, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t seem to have a problem with it: