9/28/14, "Derek Jeter Ends Yankees Career With Single Against Red Sox
," NY Times, David Waldstein
played his last game Sunday, ending his career with a play typical
his time in the majors, in which he hustled out an infield single for
his 3,465th hit.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
numerous other plays helped make him one of history’s most admired and
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
that Jeter’s career is over, Cervelli has the longest tenure in the
having signed with the team on March 1, 2003. In
his first major league spring training, Jeter gave him a pair of spikes.
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.”"
9/28/14, "Jeter addressing media for the last
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