"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
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.
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."...