Derek Jeter decides to take day off

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After last night’s heroics and an emotional farewell to Yankee Stadium, Joe Girardi left what happened this weekend entirely up to Derek Jeter. He gets to decide where he hits, what position he wants to play and if he wants to manage. Jeter’s first request? He wanted the night off.

“I think he’s going to take a day off,” Girardi said. “I talked to him today and said, what do you want to do? He said, he’d like to have a day. It’s always difficult at this point because everyone wants to see him, and I understand that, but he’s been through a lot. The team’s been through a lot. We’ve played 18 games in the past 17 days. We got in here late last night, and I think he’s going to take a day.”

I was almost certain Derek Jeter wasn’t going to play tonight, but what was shocking was  the rest of his regular teammates (Gardner, McCann, Teixeira, Headley, Drew, etc.) weren’t in the lineup either. Sure, the games are meaningless and we get a chance to watch the young kids from the farm get their crack at the Boston Red Sox, but Girardi thought it was interesting that Jeter’s first request was a night off, something Jeter hadn’t done in a long time.

“Maybe in spring training (he’s done that),” Girardi said. “Certain road trips in spring training. I don’t ever remember him saying that. I’m sure he’s emotionally drained today. He’s probably physically drained. He played 10 or 11 days in a row. Our schedule was not easy, day games after night games, but it is the first time I remember.”

Some Notes

— The Yankees had something planned for Hiroki Kuroda during last night’s ..read more

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Derek Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium game most-watched game on YES

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Not only can Derek Jeter bring a Hollywood ending to his career but he can also bring in great television ratings to the New York Metropolitan area.

According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, last night’s game was the most-watched game ever on the YES Network. The ratings peaked at 1.99 million from 10:15 and 10:30 p.m, which was around the time Jeter had the walk-off hit, ending his fairy-tale career at Yankee Stadium.

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Yankees vs. Red Sox pitching matchups

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Friday, September 26 Yankees: Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67 ERA) Red Sox: Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Saturday, September 27 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47 ERA) Red Sox: Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: FOX/WFAN

Sunday, September 28 Yankees: Michael Pineda (4-5, 1.93 ERA) Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.31 ERA) Time: 1:35 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

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Derek Jeter has Hollywood ending to Yankee Stadium career

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Derek Jeter‘s entire career has been like a Hollywood movie; just when you think Jeter can’t top himself, he does. Everyone was wondering how Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankees pinstripes would end. Would Derek Jeter cry on the field? Would he continue to have a stoic demeanor as he’s had for years past? Well, he did neither. Instead, he showed joy the more the night went on and eventually, he was the one that ended the game and his career at Yankee Stadium on a high note.

The Yankees fans were wondering if Derek Jeter would come out of the game, they were wondering if Joe Girardi had a plan like they did with Mariano Rivera last year. Instead, David Robertson blew the save and the Yankees had to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Jose Pirela, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter were the next three batters in the order and what happened in that inning was absolutely magical.

Jose Pirela singled and was replaced by Antoan Richardson as a pinch runner. Brett Gardner made a perfect sacrifice bunt, almost as if it was his way of inviting Jeter to write the ending to this game. Jeter did not disappoint; he lined a double down the right field line, scoring Richardson and ending the ball game. The team came out of the dugout as if Jeter just won them the World Series. He took a tour around the field. The remaining members of the Core Four was standing at home plate, clapping and cheering for the Yankees Captain and their former teammate. Jeter ..read more

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Jeter will keep his emotions in check until after the game

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Derek Jeter did his usual routine when he walked into Yankee Stadium earlier this afternoon, but as anyone could figure this wasn’t just any game for him; this was his last home game…ever. He’ll only have one more chance to don the pinstripes, to lead the team onto the field and to get his own chant during roll call. Mariano Rivera was in this situation last year when it was his final game, so will Jeter feel emotional knowing this will be the last time he’ll play at Yankee Stadium?

“Afterwards,” Jeter said. “It’s tough for me to start getting emotional and sentimental before I’ve got to play. So let me play the game first. I’ll let you know how I felt about it afterwards.”

Jeter didn’t make any decisions when it came to playing this weekend against the Boston Red Sox. If the Yankees were in contention, it would be a given. However, the Yankees only have four games left in the season until they pack up for the winter, so right now it’s pretty hard to read Jeter. One thing was clear: Jeter wanted the game to be played and he wanted the rain to go away.

“My feelings are, I hope the rain stops,” Jeter said. “That’s basically it.”

Some Notes

— With the Derek Jeter fanfare, it’s pretty easy to overlook Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro could play next season, but it most likely won’t be with the Yankees considering there would be no room for him. As for Hiroki Kuroda, he hasn’t announced if he was going to retire or not.

“No he has not (announced his plans),” Girardi said. “Obviously that’s something he’ll sit down after ..read more

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Yankee Stadium to open their gates at 4 p.m. for Jeter home finale

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Despite the rain in the New York City area, the New York Yankees announced they are going to open the Yankee Stadium gates at 4 p.m. for Derek Jeter‘s home finale. Major League Baseball is monitoring the situation and they’ll make a decision on the game as time goes on. The game is expected to be delayed but at this point, it won’t be postponed.

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Derek Jeter reaches the end, but gives lessons in life and baseball

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Everyone in their life remembers their first baseball trinket. It could have been a signed baseball by your favorite player, it could have been a baseball glove or it could have been the chance to meet your childhood hero. Mine was simply a Yankees t-shirt.

I remember my father gave me an over sized t-shirt when I was 10-years-old,  the shirt going just below my knees and the ‘short’ sleeves going past my elbows. I remember glancing at the interlocking ‘NY’ in awe as my father told me the shirt I was wearing was special. He told me the player’s name written on the back of my shirt had already done amazing things and he wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. The player on the back of my t-shirt…was Derek Jeter.

In a way, Derek Jeter was one of the reasons I became a Yankees fan. Jeter had this poise and confidence that simply couldn’t be taught. He was truly a leader and it was evident when he would sacrifice his body for the game. I’ll never forget my reaction to Derek Jeter’s dive into the stands against the Boston Red Sox; I didn’t think much of it at first, but when I saw his face was beaten and bruised, I started to cry. I remembered asking my father why Jeter did what he did, why he went into the stands to get the baseball and why he risked his entire body for a game in July.

My father simply told me, “Because he loves baseball and baseball loves him back.”

I never thought of it that way before. I was young, so I didn’t understand how baseball could love. I admit I took the phrase literally. But it wasn’t until I realized baseball could love a person back. The more Jeter ..read more

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Yankees fans reflect and say goodbye to Derek Jeter

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Derek Jeter has meant so much to Major League Baseball, but he’s also meant so much to the New York Yankees and their fans. Yesterday, I asked Yankees fans this question: “How would you describe Derek Jeter in 140 characters or less?” (the 140 characters because the question was asked on Twitter). First off, thank you to those who answered the question because there would be no ‘fan reflection of Derek Jeter’ post without the fans. With that said, here were the responses.

“Classy guy who had a Hall of Fame career.” - @Doug_Rush

“The Captain. Classy. Role Model. Leader. Champion. The Flip. The Dive. Professional. Rookie of the Year. MVP. 1st ballot HOF.” - @BxRich3

“He will always be the Captain. He brought championships, leadership and highlights. He will be missed.” - @LittleJimmy61

“When they say leaders are born, not made, they might be describing Derek Jeter. Leader by example on and off the field. #champion.” - @Gersh_Essential

“One of the best to ever put on the pinstripes. A man who held down the Bronx since 1996. #HallofFamer #Mr3000″ - @N8_JDMFTW

“Great talent, Success, Pride, Leader, Captain, Team player, Humility, Role model, Class, One of the GOAT = Derek Jeter” - @AleksToro

“Classy. The Captain. Shortstop. Champion. Athletic. MVP. All about the fans. Role Model. Puts the team before himself. A winner.” - @jeter_fan26

“Derek Jeter epitomizes everything that’s good about this game. Truly one of the most iconic figures in sports and a champion.” - @austin_burnett

“Fantastic, greatest shortstop of all time and what it means to be a Yankee! A true team player that people could look up to. A legend.” – @CanesEagles1

“A true role model for the kids of today. Clean living and respect for all.” – @saprutt

“Derek Jeter is the greatest player of our time who played the game with heart everyday. #Respect2Jeter always! Our #Captain!” – @Jayb725L

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