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.”