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.”
— 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