Watch as Derek Jeter ends his career with an RBI infield single Sunday afternoon in Boston …
So he retires with 3,465 career hits and 1,311 career runs batted in. Special moment there at Fenway Park.
Well played, Ashley. Well played …
When I was 12, I thought I would marry Jeter. Instead I married the guy that took a selfie w/ him during his ceremony pic.twitter.com/3BrkWBQHgy
— Ashley Kelly (@ashleynicokelly) September 28, 2014
The Red Sox held a really cool ceremony for Jeter before Sunday’s season finale. At one point every member of the team filed out to the shortstop position to shake Jeter’s hand, and that’s when Kelly snapped the selfie.
Kelly went 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 10 starts after the Red Sox acquired him from St. Louis.
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Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday nothing short of perfect, as he ended it with a walk-off RBI single against the Orioles, but the night apparently began on a sour note.
According to Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped into his team in the clubhouse before Thursday’s game to express his disappointment about missing the playoffs for the second straight year. In what can best be described as awkward, Girardi reportedly took a break during his speech for the team to present some retirement gifts to Jeter.
According to clubhouse sources who were present for the critique, and backed up by interviews with more than a half-dozen players, most of whom spoke to ESPNNewYork.com off-the-record for fear of angering the manager, Girardi chided some players for being overweight, and others for not being “hungry” enough.
One source described Girardi as “angry,” and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker magazine’s Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.
“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before,” said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. “It’s something he probably should have said back in spring training.”
Some are overweight while others aren’t hungry enough. Talk about your mixed messages. Anyway, Girardi confirmed that the incident took place, but he characterized it as a “team meeting” and said he was more “disappointed” than “angry.” However, he was clearly peeved that details of the meeting leaked out.
“I’ll tell you what really bothers me, and I’m not blaming you,” he said to the reporter who confronted him about the meeting. “It’s that you know. It’s not right that the meetings you have in the clubhouse get out of the clubhouse.”
The Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday night. You could certainly quibble with the timing of the speech, as it felt out of place with the overall tone of the night, but Girardi said that he wanted to address the team at Yankee Stadium and not on the road.
With Derek Jeter wrapping up his career at Fenway Park, the Red Sox thought it would be fitting if they used Bob Sheppard’s familiar introduction for his at-bats this weekend. David Lennon of New York Newsday reports that they even got permission from Sheppard’s family if Jeter was up for it. But it won’t happen:
Like shortstop, Jeter wants to leave Sheppard’s introduction behind at Yankee Stadium. And it’s hard to take issue with that.
Derek Jeter got a break last night following his emotional Yankee Stadium finale on Thursday, but he’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat second for this afternoon’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jeter left shortstop behind after Thursday’s game, so he’ll be limited to DH or pinch-hitter duties for the final series of his 20-year major league career. These games are meaningless from a standings perspective, but it’s still fitting that he’ll wrap things up against his team’s biggest rival.
This season has been a struggle for Jeter, but he’s going out strong. The 40-year-old batted .353 (12-for-34) with one home run, four doubles, and nine RBI over eight games during his final homestand.