Yankees-Red Sox Preview – ESPN
Derek Jeter‘s final home game was a lovefest more fitting for Hollywood than New York, but his swan song in the Bronx ultimately featured a storybook ending.
After his hero’s exit at Yankee Stadium, he’ll wrap up his career in a place where he’s always been cast as a villain.Fenway Park figures to be a bit more forgiving to No. 2 as his final visit starts Friday night, when Jeter is expected to cap his days as a franchise icon in a role he’s even less accustomed to — designated hitter.Jeter’s career at Yankee Stadium certainly ended in a fitting manner. He connected for a walkoff single in Thursday’s 6-5 win over Baltimore, touching off an emotional celebration while bidding farewell to the home fans, who serenaded him with chants of “Thank you, Jeter!””It was above and beyond anything that I’ve ever dreamt of. This was a lot of fun,” said Jeter, who was 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs.”I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. Today, I wasn’t able to do it. It’s been getting more and more difficult these last few weeks, but today I wasn’t able to do it.”While he still has three scheduled games left, the 14-time All-Star and 2000 World Series MVP has called it quits in the field as a homage to his career in pinstripes.”I played my last game at short. I want to take something special from Yankee Stadium,” Jeter said. “The view from shortstop here tonight is what I want to take from it. I’ve only played shortstop my entire career, and I want tonight to be the last time.”Jeter, who has only appeared 71 times at DH, is hitting .342 (13 for 38) with nine RBIs …read more