With September coming up, the 2014 season (and Derek Jeter‘s final season) is slowly coming to an end, and a Yankees team without Jeter is beginning to become a reality. You may be wondering by any chance if Jeter is questioning his decision to retire–he isn’t.
“I think you just realize it. I don’t know if there’s necessarily a magic formula that tells you it’s time to retire,” Jeter said. “I just felt like this was the right time for me. I’ve done it long enough, I look forward to doing other things, so I decided this was going to be my last year.”
While Derek Jeter’s final season has fans in a frenzy, he appreciates the fans in different ballparks giving him a standing ovation as he goes to the plate. It’s a touching way for the visiting fans to say their final goodbyes to the Yankees Captain.
“That’s been awesome. It’s been overwhelming for me,” Jeter said. “It’s not something that I expected. The way the fans have treated me everywhere I’ve gone has been above and beyond my wildest dreams.
“Especially when we’ve gone to some of these stadiums where I’m used to being booed, to have them cheering for you — that’s definitely the memories that I’ll take from this last season.”
While September is here and Jeter’s season is drawing to a close, he still has his eye on the main prize: the opportunity to gain a spot in the postseason via the second Wild Card with a possible chance of fighting their way to the World Series.
“I want to win. That’s it. It doesn’t get any more complicated from that,” he said. “When you’re playing, you want to win. That’s the mindset I’ve always had, that’s the mindset I’ll have until my last game. I enjoy competing and when you compete, you want to win. That’s the last thing I want to do.”