Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Party like it's 1985, Royals fan signs

9/30/14, Photo of Kansas City Royals fans via XMFan.com, goreds2, at 10:51AM, 9/30/14.

9/30/14, "Christian Colon (24), who drove in the tying run in the 12th, scored the winner for the Royals in their first postseason since 1985. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images," via NY Times
10/1/14, "New Joy, and a Sadly Familiar Ending," NY Times, Tyler Kepner. "Royals Emerge Victorious and A's Leave With Another Postseason Loss"

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XM channels for Oakland A's at Kansas City Royals 2014 AL Wild Card game

Tues., Sept. 30, 2014, AL Wild Card Playoff

Home (Royals): XM 89 (Internet 851)
Away (A's): XM 176 (Internet 859)
ESPN Announcers: XM 83 (Internet 83)


2014 TV coverage of  Wild Card and Division Series games:

The AL Wild Card Game will be broadcast exclusively by TBS, while ESPN will exclusively televise the NL Wild Card Game.

All ALDS games will be on TBS.

FOX Sports 1 and MLB Network will combine to air all NLDS games.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2014 MLB Postseason games, including Wild Card Games.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Newsday back page, Jeter "Fitting Farewell," RBI single in final at bat

9/29/14, Newsday back page, Jeter, "Fitting Farewell"  final 9-5 Yankees 

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'And now, the end is here,' Newsday Jeter back cover, Sun., 9/28/14

Sun., 9/28/14, Newsday back page, Jeter exits baseball in Fenway Park. final 9-5 Yankees 

"My Way," lyrics as sung by Sinatra

"And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets I've had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes there were times I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all
And I stood tall and did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, my share of losing
And now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way

For what is a man what has he got
If not himself then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

Yes it was my way"



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jeter finished with 310 batting average in regular season, 308 in 158 post season games-NY Times

9/28/14, "Derek Jeter Ends Yankees Career With Single Against Red Sox," NY Times, David Waldstein

"Derek Jeter played his last game Sunday, ending his career with a play typical of his time in the majors, in which he hustled out an infield single for his 3,465th hit.

As Jeter stood at first base, in the top of the third inning against Boston, Manager Joe Girardi made a slashing motion at his throat, asking with the hand signal if that was it for Jeter. Jeter nodded.

The fans had been standing from the moment he had come to the plate, but the cheering and the “Derek Jeter” chants grew louder. Jeter handed his arm and foot pads to the first-base coach, Mick Kelleher, and patted him on the helmet. He waited for Brian McCann, the pinch-runner, to arrive and gave him a heartfelt hug. Then he jogged across the diamond, stopping to shake hands with Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox’ starting pitcher, and hugged each of his teammates before he sat down in the dugout.

His 20-year career was over.

It began on the road, on May 29, 1995, in Seattle, with an 0 for 5 performance and ended on the road, here at Fenway Park. In between, there were five World Series championships, a Rookie of the Year award, 14 All-Star Game selections, five Gold Glove Awards and five Silver Slugger Awards.

He collected the sixth-most hits in history, scored 1,923 runs (the ninth most), hit 260 home runs and battled his way through 12,602 plate appearances. He was never ejected from a game.

His final hit, a high bouncer to third base, gave him a .310 batting average for his career. He also had 200 hits in 158 postseason games for a .308 batting average, remarkably close to his regular-season mark.

Over the course of his career, a flip play, a dive into the stands, a home run for his 3,000th hit, a leadoff home run, a home run in November and numerous other plays helped make him one of history’s most admired and adored Yankees.

One of the men he pushed down a rung on the career hits list, Carl Yastrzemski, was on hand as part of a pregame ceremony to honor him. Jeter stood on the grass behind shortstop, and one by one, past stars of the Red Sox and other Boston teams emerged from the Red Sox’ dugout.

First came Yastrzemski, followed by the likes of Rico Petrocelli, Fred Lynn, Jim Rice and Luis Tiant, who gathered near him. Then came the former Bruins star Bobby Orr, the former Patriots receiver Troy Brown and Paul Pierce, representing the Boston Celtics.

Behind them, on the hand-operated scoreboard in left field, workers spelled out, “WITH RESPECT 2 DEREK JETER.”

In his first at-bat, in the first inning, Jeter walked to the plate with the fans standing and cheering. He hit a sharp line drive that was snared by shortstop Jemile Weeks. The Yankees in the dugout began playfully taunting Weeks for taking the hit away. Weeks shrugged.

It ended up fine because Jeter got his hit in the third and the chance to wave goodbye to the fans, many of whom wore shirts with Yankees pinstripes and No. 2 on the back.

After Jeter left, the game was relatively meaningless. Neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox were in contention for a playoff spot. Jeter, after he was removed, stood at the railing next to Francisco Cervelli and watched.

Now that Jeter’s career is over, Cervelli has the longest tenure in the Yankees’ organization, having signed with the team on March 1, 2003. In his first major league spring training, Jeter gave him a pair of spikes.

“I hope he gives me another pair,” Cervelli said. “That was a long, long time ago. It was an honor to be with him for all this time. Not just me. It was an honor for all of us.”"

Image: "After a 20-year rivalry, Fenway Park tipped its collective cap to Derek Jeter on Sunday," Cj Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency 



9/28/14, "Jeter addressing media for the last time ,"
Erik Boland twitter

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Jeter's helmet in Boston dugout

9/28/14, "Jeter's helmet in dugout 
Erik Boland twitter. Yankees v Red Sox

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Spike Lee greets Jeter before final BP in Boston

9/28/14, "Spike Lee greeting Jeter before he goes out for BP for the final time,  Erik Boland twitter. Yankees v Red Sox

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

On night of last Yankee Stadium of the year and Jeter's last ever, Manager Joe Girardi scathingly critiqued his team-ESPN

9/27/14, "Sources: Joe Girardi chided Yankees," ESPN NY, Wallace Matthews, Andrew Marchand

"It was supposed to be a festive occasion, in which Derek Jeter's New York Yankees teammates were to present their captain with gifts to express their respect and gratitude just moments before he would take the field for his final game at Yankee Stadium.

But before the gifts could be bestowed, manager Joe Girardi had a message he wished to deliver to his players.

It was not a fond farewell to Jeter, but a scathing critique of the Yankees' 2014 season, in which he expressed his disappointment with their failure to reach the playoffs for a second straight year, the first time that has happened in more than two decades.

According to clubhouse sources who were present for the critique, and backed up by interviews with more than a half-dozen players, most of whom spoke to ESPNNewYork.com not for attribution for fear of angering their manager, Girardi chided some players for being overweight and others for not being "hungry" enough.

One source described Girardi as "angry," and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker's Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.

"It was a speech the likes of which I've never heard him give before," said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. "It's something he probably should have said back in spring training."

Girardi confirmed the incident took place -- he preferred to describe it as "a team meeting" -- but refused to supply any details of what he said to the team or if any particular players were singled out.

"I'm not going to go into what I talked about," Girardi said. "Write whatever you want."

Girardi took issue with the characterization of him as angry -- "I don't think that's the right way to paraphrase it. Disappointed is more like it," he said -- but did admit he was not happy that details of the meeting had leaked out.

"I'll tell you what really bothers me, and I'm not blaming you," he said to the reporter who confronted him about the meeting. "It's that you know. It's not right that the meetings you have in the clubhouse get out of the clubhouse."

According to Girardi, the tone of his talk was overall disappointment with the way the Yankees played this year in failing to reach the playoffs.

"I addressed the team just to let them know what I expected of them next year," he said. "I think that obviously there's a lot of disappointment when you don't make the playoffs. And the expectation is, the reason you play the game, is to make the playoffs and win the World Series. We need to get better, and I let them know that."

Girardi denied that he was displeased with the effort of his club this season or that he accused some players of being in less than top physical condition.

"I felt we had chances to make it and we just didn't execute," he said. "I told them we had work to do to get better."

Asked why he chose Thursday night to deliver his message rather than delivering it Wednesday night, when the Yankees were officially eliminated from the postseason in a 9-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, or even waiting until after the season finale on Sunday, Girardi replied that he wanted to address the team at Yankee Stadium.

"I think the best place to have a team meeting is at your own ballpark," he said. "I thought it was important to have that meeting before we left New York."

But other observers who were in the room questioned the timing of Girardi's address. One told ESPNNewYork.com that it cast a pall in the room and detracted from the gift ceremony, which Jeter has said caused him to turn away from his teammates to hide his welling emotions.

"I don't think that's true," Girardi said. "I think there was still a lot of anticipation for the game."
Girardi also denied returning to his critique after Jeter was given his gifts.

One Yankee source familiar with the meeting, said, "The only thing you can question about it is whether or not it should've waited until the end of the season."

During his postgame news conference following Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Red Sox, Girardi said he has had other meetings during the year, while leaning on his often stated mantra that if he wanted reporters to know about them he would have invited them.

ESPNNewYork.com talked to eight players about Thursday's meeting. While most confirmed it happened, they would not answer specific questions about the contents.

"My take was that was a team meeting and I'm not going to talk to you about it," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.

Stephen Drew said Girardi's talk was not anything different than what he has heard in other end-of-season talks.

"I've had managers in the past say the same thing," Drew said. "You look back and you think everybody is hungry. It is just the way you interpret it. We are all disappointed."

Carlos Beltran, who played through a bone spur in his elbow all year, did not look as lean as he has in the past. He said he would not talk about what was said in the meeting, but he maintained he was in shape this season. Beltran, whom the Yankees signed for three years and $45 million, will finish the year hitting .233 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs in 109 games.

"Every year, you have something to prove," Beltran said. "It is never enough. If you hit 30, the next year they expect you to hit 35. If you drive in 100, they expect you to drive in 110."

And in typical fashion, when asked about the meeting Jeter said, "You should know better than to ask me a question like that."

With Jeter retiring, the Yankees will have a leadership void. There is some feeling that Brian McCann could be asked to fill that role, which he had with the Atlanta Braves. McCann did not have any problem with the team's effort in 2014.

"For whatever reason we came up short, but it wasn't for a lack of effort," McCann said.

Despite all the injuries to their pitching staff and the under-performance of their offense, which produced just 620 runs -- more than just two other AL teams -- the Yankees were still in contention for a wild-card spot. But they went 11-12 over their next 23 games to be eliminated Wednesday night, prompting Girardi's angry address to the team the following day.

"I wanted to make sure they understood what we expect next year. We expect to be back in the postseason," Girardi said. "That's what I told them. And then we presented Derek with his gifts.""


9/27/14, "As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party," NY Times, David Waldstein

"The 2015 season was also on the mind of Manager Joe Girardi on Thursday, when he addressed his team before Jeter’s dramatic last game at Yankee Stadium.

Citing unnamed witnesses, an ESPN New York article published Saturday described Girardi as angrily chastising some of his players for being overweight and some of them for not being hungry enough. Girardi acknowledged addressing his team but disputed that characterization, saying he was just direct in telling his players what was expected in 2015.

Girardi said that the timing of the meeting was not intended to interfere with Jeter’s final day at the Stadium and that it made sense because the Yankees had been eliminated from postseason contention the day before.

“We’re all disappointed we didn’t make the playoffs, but I addressed the team because it’s easier to do it at our ballpark and we need to be better,” Girardi said. “We need to execute better next year.”"


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Not overrated: Jeter Stadium finale sets ratings record for YES Network-Neil Best, Newsday

9/26/14, "Jeter's Stadium finale sets ratings record for YES," Neil Best, Newsday

"Derek Jeter's home finale Thursday night was the most-viewed Yankees game in the YES Network's 13-season history, averaging 1.25 million viewers and reaching a peak of 1.99 million from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m

The previous high was for an April 3, 2005, game against the Red Sox that averaged 1.21 million viewers.

Thursday's game, in which Jeter singled to drive in the winning run in the ninth inning against the Orioles, averaged 10.8 percent of homes in the New York area.

That night's Giants-Redskins game averaged 1.44 million viewers and 14.1 percent of homes in New York on CBS and the NFL Network combined.

On nights such as Thursday, ratings data does not fully reflect the reality that most area sports fans presumably were flipping back and forth between the two big events."


Comment: I'm not sure of the geographic area for these Jeter/YES ratings. In the third paragraph Mr. Best mentions "the New York area" but that could be a lot of things. I'm curious to know how far away viewers may have been.


Re: "Overrated" reference in this post's headline:

7/15/14, "Derek Jeter Shuts Up All Star Game "Overrated" Heckler with Timely Double," The Big Lead, Mike Cardillo

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Jeter in Boston watches warmups from Yankee dugout

9/26/14, "Derek Jeter, with his teammates during warm-ups, did not play Friday but intends to play as the designated hitter this weekend," Cj Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency. final 3-2 Yankees

9/26/14, "Derek Jeter’s Final Farewell Begins, Hosted by His Greatest Rivals," NY Times, David Waldstein

9/26/14, Before the game, "Jeter meeting the media in Boston ," Erik Boland twitter


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Jeter front and back Newsday covers, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

Fri., 9/26/14, Newsday front page, Derek Jeter, "2 good to be true!"

9/26/14, Newsday back cover, Derek Jeter, "Fantastic Finish"

9/26/14, NY Daily News front page of Jeter wrap (scroll down)

9/26/14, "Yankee Captain Derek Jeter does it the old fashioned way," NY Daily News, Mike Lupica

"Finally Jeter was back at shortstop, crouching down out there, after what he announced after the game was the last time he would ever play shortstop in the big leagues. He was out there at shortstop at Yankee Stadium for the last time."


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Pictures of Jeter's final night at the Stadium

9/25/14, "Derek Jeter celebrating his single to right field with one out in the ninth that ended the game. It was his 1,391st and final home game," Barton Silverman, NY Times. Final 6-5 Yankees over Orioles

9/25/14, "Derek Jeter hit a run-scoring double in the first inning against the Orioles on Thursday,Chang W. Lee, NY Times. Final 6-5 Yankees over Orioles

9/25/14, "Jeter’s first-inning double scored Brett Gardner after the Orioles had taken a 2-0 lead," NY Times, Lee. Final 6-5 Yankees over Orioles

9/25/14, "The crowd at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, where Derek Jeter, No. 2, was playing his last home game before retiring," Barton Silverman, NY Times. Final 6-5 Yankees over Orioles

9/25/14, "New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) with his game winning hit in the 9th inning as the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in Derek Jeter's final home game of his career in Bronx, NY," William Perlman, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

9/25/14, Bleacher Creatures with signs for Jeter on final night, NY Daily News, Sabo 

9/26/14, "With Derek Jeter’s departure, roll call will never be the same at Yankee Stadium," NY Daily News, Bondy

"Section 203 was packed for Jeter's last game in the Bronx, the way it always used to be for the biggest playoff games. Fans jostled for position. Elbows collided with backs."

9/25/14, More fan signs for Jeter, NY Daily News, Sabo. Near end of Lupica article


Jeter slide show, NY Times
9/25/14, "Derek Jeter, in a Fitting Farewell, Drives In Winning Run," NY Times, David Waldstein

9/25/14, "Of All His Numbers, the One on Jeter’s Back Matters Most," NY Times, Harvey Araton

9/25/14, "As Era Ends, Jeter’s Ardent Fans Fill the Seats, No Matter the Cost," NY Times, Alan Feuer

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#FarewellCaptain! Mariano Rivera twitter

Mariano Rivera twitter, via Lohud Yankee blog

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Core Four Sports Illustrated cover, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010, Sports Illustrated cover, "The Core Four"

4/27/2010, "Yankees' Core Four featured on cover of Sports Illustrated," Marc Carig, The Star-Ledger

"The Yankees' Core Four is featured on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated. Senior writer Tom Verducci interviewed Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte over lunch during the team's recent West Coast swing.

The magazine hits newsstands on Tuesday. For now, here's an excerpt:

SI: I want to go back to 1992, when Andy was throwing to Jorge, a converted second baseman, in Class A in Greensboro, N.C.

Posada: Go back to 1991. I was catching a bullpen from him [at short-season Class A] Oneonta, and he’s throwing me knuckleballs. The ball hit me right in the knee. I said, ‘No more knuckleballs.’

Pettitte: I had a knuckleball when I signed.

Jeter: Yeah, you’re still throwing knuckleballs.

Pettitte: I’d get two strikes on somebody and throw it as hard as I could. Struck everybody out. And then they told me after the first year, “You’ve got to can it.” They said, “After you’ve pitched for 10 years in the big leagues, if you want to break it back out, you can.”

SI: So now you can throw it again.

Pettitte: It’s no good now. I lost it."

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Yankee Stadium grounds crew apply drying agent to field in preparation for Derek Jeter's last home game

9/25/14, "Grounds crew applying drying agent to field. Still raining. Chance of rain at 6 35% and at 7 it's 50% ," Erik Boland twitter

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chatting with Jeter while at 2nd base-NY Times, Waldstein

9/24/14, "At Second, Stealing a Prized Moment With Derek Jeter," NY Times, David Waldstein

"Derek Jeter chatted up, from left, Torii Hunter of the Angels in 2012, Evan Longoria of the Rays in 2012 and Danny Bautista of the Diamondbacks in 2004. Credit Photos by Associated Press," NY Times 

"Gordon Beckham was a rookie infielder with the Chicago White Sox when he had his first chance to chat with Derek Jeter at second base. It was Aug. 1, 2009, and Beckham had just hit a double, knocking the pitcher out of the game. During the pitching change, he and Jeter engaged in the typical mundane banter to fill the gap.

But talking to Jeter, the Yankees’ shortstop, was different, Beckham said. He admits he was star-struck.

“He was the only one who made me feel that way,” said Beckham, who is now with the Los Angeles Angels, “and I felt that way so much, I forgot how many outs there were.”

The next batter hit a ground ball to Jeter, who threw to first for the second out. Beckham, still distracted from the conversation with Jeter, thought it was the final out. He wandered off third and handed his helmet to the third-base coach. Mark Teixeira saw that and threw to Alex Rodriguez, who tagged an embarrassed Beckham for the third out.

Few things in baseball are more routine than the casual conversations between infielders and base runners, like small talk with colleagues on an elevator. But for opposing players, these conversations, with the retiring Jeter — when he is either playing shortstop or on the bases — have become cherished moments, never more so than in the last few months of his 20-year career.

Most of Jeter’s conversations are similar to those heard on basepaths for more than a century. And it is not as if the 29 other major league teams do not have shortstops, many of them as chatty as the next player. But none of them are Jeter, whose stature, built up over two decades, has made his enclave around second base a destination spot for players young and old.

In recent weeks, several unusual scenes at second base have played out in major league ballparks, reflecting the respect Jeter commands from his peers.

One such moment took place on a sweltering August night in Kansas City.

As Jeter stood on second during a Royals pitching change, the shortstop came over to chat with him, followed closely by the second baseman — and then by the first baseman, Billy Butler. A first baseman almost never goes all the way to second to join a conversation, but Butler made the trip, even though he had just paid his respects to Jeter at first.

He just talked about how hot it was,” Butler said. “That it was really hot. He said he’d see us next week when we’re playing him. I told him at first base it was an honor to be next to him and how much of a mentor he’s been to everybody and stuff like that. But at second base, it was just kind of small talk.”

On Sunday at Yankee Stadium, Jeter was on second base during a pitching change when, in another unusual gesture, all three members of the Toronto Blue Jays’ outfield, including the slugger Jose Bautista, jogged in to shake his hand and congratulate him on his imminent retirement.

w. Chipper Jones, 2012, getty
Although he is cautious when speaking to the news media, Jeter is one of the chattier players on the diamond, and he said the recent conversations with opposing players had not been out of the ordinary.
“No,” he said, “same old.”

Sometimes the topic is the weather; sometimes it is that day’s game or the command the pitcher has that day. Players say he is always ready to say hello, or pay a quick compliment, and is unfailingly upbeat.

“He said, ‘Keep going, guys, and continue to play hard,’ ” said Alcides Escobar, the Royals’ shortstop on that hot night in Kansas City. “ ‘I’m proud of you guys. You guys are playing good. This is my last year. I want to rest and be watching you guys on TV.’ ”

That last part may not be true; Jeter has said many times that he does not watch baseball on television. Still, for many younger players, he is often there with a word of encouragement. One day a few years ago, he had high praise for Ian Kinsler, the Detroit second baseman who was then playing for the Texas Rangers.

“I got to second base once after hitting a double, and he said, ‘Hey, man, you’re my favorite player,’ ” Kinsler recalled. “He said: ‘You’re swinging it great right now. Keep it up.’ But I think he says that to everyone.”

Not necessarily.

“He never said that to me because I was never on a streak like that,” Beckham said.

Years ago, when Bautista was in the Pirates’ organization and was playing in a spring training game, Jeter said hello to him when he reached second base and told him to keep up the good work. “You always got the sense that he knew what was going on with you,” Bautista said. “He’d give that customary wink and say, Great job, you’re looking great, keep it up. To hear it from a guy like that, you know, for him to basically acknowledge your existence, it means so much more.”

Some veteran players have relationships with Jeter dating to the 1990s. Torii Hunter has played in the American League against Jeter since 1997, many times in the playoffs. One time they discussed the fact that Hunter’s cousin Kendra was two years behind Jeter at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan and, like Jeter, was a varsity basketball player.

But often their conversations were of a different nature.

I can’t tell you what we talk about because you can’t print it,” Hunter said with a big laugh. Jeter, who turned 40 this season, has long been playfully defensive about his age, whether with reporters, teammates or opponents. In 2011, Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus hit a double in his first series against the Yankees and was greeted at second base by Jeter, who congratulated him.

Rasmus told Jeter that in 1999 he was part of a Little League World Series delegation that was honored at Yankee Stadium.

“What are you trying to tell me?” Jeter said in mock annoyance, as if Rasmus were highlighting Jeter’s advanced age. Rasmus nervously tried to recover, he said, but all he could do was mumble and stammer. Jeter let him off the hook with a smile.

You know he’s still trying to beat you, but he makes you feel like you still like him,” Rasmus said. “He’s beating you, but you still think he’s a cool guy.”

All of these interludes might be intended to distract an opponent into making a mistake, as Beckham did. Perhaps — but the players, like the fans, still want their chance to talk to Jeter.

“Wherever he goes, whether it’s second base or somewhere else, everyone is expecting him to be Derek Jeter, and he always delivers,” said the White Sox veteran Paul Konerko, who is also retiring.

“He’s always that guy, but he’s professional about it,” Konerko said. “He’ll say hi, and if there’s time, you talk. But you know he really wants to beat you.”"


Added: Derek Jeter has 734  post season plate appearances.

Jeter was "lucky" of course to play in 33 post season series. Others were "lucky" to have longer winters and be resting on the couch instead of playing in cold weather against the game's toughest competitors under the brightest lights. Jeter's 734 post season plate appearances equate to another full year of regular season appearances sandwiched into the same calendar years as regular season work but never counted with regular season stats.

Jeter averaged 743 plate appearances in 20 regular seasons.

He also played in a number of All Star Games and World Baseball Classics. If they don't count, players shouldn't play the games. They should just rest up to pad the stats that do count.


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Fans take photos at one of Derek Jeter's final batting practices

9/22/14, "Yankees fans used cellphones to document one of Derek Jeter’s final batting practices," Uli Seit for The New York Times 

9/22/14, "Before Yankees Take Field, Crack of Derek Jeter’s Bat Earns Cheers," NY Times, Zach Schonbrun

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chase Headley hits home run in the 8th

9/22/14, Chase Headley hits home run in the 8th at the Stadium v Orioles making score 5-0 Yankees. Final 5-0 Yankees. photo from YES/MLB video

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Communist Party USA banner at Climate March in NYC says 'Capitalism destroys the planet, we need revolution, nothing less!'

9/21/14, Communist Party USA banner at NYC Climate March, scroll to 15th photo, Revcom.us
seen on banner is Communist Party USA. via CFACT

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'Nothing says, “I care about the environment,” like leaving heaps of trash for someone else to deal with.' So-called climate marchers trash the city, expect you to clean it up

9/21/14, "I guess the climate change people couldn't find a trash can. Yeaaaa earth. ," Normal American Man. Cup says, 'The Arctic Affects Us All'

9/21/14, " marchers trash the . Nice job. Erik Hansen

9/21/14, "From the climate rally in London today. This doesn't seem eco friendly, does it? Raheem Kassam


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

McCann has 3 RBI's in Tanaka's return

9/21/14, "Derek Jeter greeted Brian McCann after McCann's two-run home run in the seventh inning," Reuters, final 5-2 Yankees over Blue Jays. "Jeter and McCann Help Tanaka Win in Return to Yankees," NY Times, David Waldstein. McCann also hit a home run in the first, 3 rbi's total

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

All Yankee 2014 walk-off at bats are from players in their first year with the team-Jennings

"DON’T LEAVE EARLY: The Yankees have eight walk-off wins in 2014, surpassing their 2013 total (7) and marking their most since 2009 (15). Seven of the walk-offs in 2014 have come after the All-Star break, matching Washington and San Diego for the most in the Majors according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also notes this is the most post-All-Star walk-offs by the Yankees since 2009 (7) and the club last had more in 1988 (8). Elias notes that all of the Yankees’ 2014 walk-off at-bats are from players in their first year with team (Headley-3, McCann-2, Beltran-1, Prado-1, Young-1)."

9/19/14, "Game 153: Yankees vs. Blue Jays," Yankees LoHud blog, Chad Jennings. Final 5-3 Yankees over Toronto

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Jeter's last September at the Stadium

"Derek Jeter has had many moments in the sun in his 19 seasons as a Yankee, including his 3,000th hit on July 9, 2011. Typical Jeter flair: No. 3,000 came on a home run. Barton Silverman/The New York Times" 

9/19/14, "Right Up to Retirement, Derek Jeter Is Still Playing the Game," NY Times, Michael Powell

"R.A. Dickey, the Toronto Blue Jay, tossed up a fat mistake of a fastball, and Jeter unleashed that compact swing. The ball soared deep into the left-field stands. Jeter trotted quickly around the bases, no preening. He’d done this 259 times before.

For a minute or so, Yankee Stadium, imposing and vast and exuding that Imperial Stormtrooper vibe, got loud and raucous. There’s a nip to the air, which means September, which means the time of Yankees domination. Except not this year and not last year, either. Save for their loving “Der-ek Je-ter!” chants, the fans passed most of the night in quiet somnolence, like old hounds no longer bothering to respond to the September whistle. The Yankees are driving around in the far suburbs of the playoff race only because several of their rivals are in a state of epic collapse. The Yankees kept a mediocre 5-5 pace in the 10 games entering Friday, and remained five games off the wild-card pace."...

NY Times Jeter slide show

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hank Aaron among dignitaries breaking ground for new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County

9/16/14, "From left, Tim Lee, the Cobb County chairman; Terry McGuirk, the Braves' chairman; William Rogers, the SunTrust chief executive; Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia; and the Hall of Famer Hank Aaron on Tuesday," AP via NY Times

9/16/14, "Braves Begin Work on Stadium Outside Downtown Atlanta, to Mixed Reaction," NY Times, Mike Tierney

"Beneath a tent erected over a patch of gravel, two dozen nicely dressed dignitaries wearing Atlanta Braves batting helmets plunged custom-made shiny shovels with bat handles into a pit of dirt Tuesday.

The elaborate groundbreaking ritual, which commenced with an opera tenor belting out the national anthem to a few hundred invited guests who munched on peanuts and Cracker Jack, marked the start of construction of a stadium that has delighted some area residents and irritated others.

The Braves stunned metropolitan Atlanta last November by announcing they would pull up stakes downtown, their home since migrating from Milwaukee in 1966, and move to Cobb County.

Some city dwellers, accustomed to the convenience of all three of Atlanta’s major professional teams stationed downtown, expressed outrage that the Braves were headed elsewhere and were doing so only after secret talks with various Cobb County officials.
To those residents, the new ballpark may be only 12 miles from the city center but might as well be light-years away. And while Cobb County inhabitants generally welcome the new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017, some took offense that they were kept in the dark throughout the negotiations and that the county’s decision to issue as much as $397 million in stadium bonds was not subject to a referendum.

The Braves have said that part of the reason for the pending change of address was to gain closer proximity to the team’s heaviest ticket base, which is in the suburbs north of downtown.

Coincidentally, Tuesday’s ceremonies came as the Braves are fading out of the National League wild-card race, with a record that has fallen to .500. It also came amid the furor over the recent revelation of a 2012 email by the Atlanta Hawks’ majority owner in which he voiced concerns that his team was drawing too few white fans and separate, racially charged comments by the team’s general manager, Danny Ferry, that have led him to take an indefinite leave of absence.

The Braves, like many major league franchises, have a fairly high proportion of white fans, and the new location is closer to some predominantly white areas that are seen as baseball hotbeds.
In making the move, the Braves are also envisioning that the stadium will be part of mixed-use development that will include retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment sites and residential areas.

Turner Field, the Braves’ home for the past 18-plus seasons, failed to ignite a growth in neighborhood businesses that would induce fans to spend money before and after games.

Instead, the Braves will now fund the mixed-use project connected to the new stadium, acting in conjunction with private partners.

“It’s cutting edge,” said Rob Manfred, who will soon take over as baseball commissioner and who was in attendance Tuesday. “Everybody in baseball is watching the development closely.”

He said that a ballpark residing in an entertainment district “is much better than a stadium out there by itself.”

Ted Turner, the former owner of the Braves and the Hawks, championed the downtown area for his teams. The Hawks have remained there, and the N.F.L’s Falcons broke ground in May on a downtown dome situated a long pass from their existing haunts.

The Braves had braced themselves for less than overwhelming applause for the move.

“I don’t expect everybody to always be happy,” Terry McGuirk, the team chairman and chief executive, said. But he characterized most Braves followers as overjoyed.

The ballpark’s design emphasizes intimacy, with a significant portion of the 41,500 seats close to the field.

An independent poll of Cobb denizens conducted by the University of Florida had determined that 78 percent would have preferred a referendum on the bond commitment, while 55 percent would have voted in favor.

Citizens for Governmental Transparency, a local advocacy group hastily formed after the Braves’ stadium announcement, unsuccessfully demanded a public vote, and two individuals have lodged appeals to the state Supreme Court in a long-shot attempt to prevent the bonds from being issued without a referendum passing.

Tim Lee, the Cobb County chairman who steered negotiations with the Braves, said Tuesday a vote had been considered for the 700,000 residents of a county historically cautious about government spending. Ultimately, there was no referendum, just an agreement that the county chip in about 45 percent of the actual construction cost, with the Braves picking up the rest.

“This will be good for the region,” said Lee, who contends that the investment will pay off in increased property and sales tax revenue.

As construction crews drove earthmovers and laid massive pipe outside the tent, one nugget of news emerged from Tuesday’s festivities: The stadium will be called SunTrust Park, with the Atlanta-based banking chain signing on as a title sponsor for a quarter of a century."

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