It’s already been two years since the Captain, Derek Jeter, made his final at-bat for the New York Yankees.
On this day in 2014, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter played his final game as a Yankee to end his marvelous career. The final game of his career would be at Fenway Park. Jeter was placed in the lineup in the DH spot because he wanted his final game at shortstop to be at Yankee Stadium.
In Jeter’s first at-bat of the ball game, he lined out to short and received an amazing ovation from the Boston crowd with most of them being Yankee fans. Manager Joe Girardi decided that the line out would not be the right way to end Jeter’s career, so he left him in the game to see if he could get a hit and then pull the plug.
The Captain’s next at-bat would come in the third inning when he hit a weak chopper to the third baseman and beat it out for an infield single. Following the hit, Jeter let Girardi know that he would like to be pulled from the game and decided it would be best to end it on a high note so in came Brian McCann for the pinch running duties.
Jeter would leave the field with both dugouts coming out and giving him a standing ovation. He would then go on to thank each and every one of his teammates and enter the dugout to the roars of a “De-rek Je-ter” chant.
Jeter ended his career with a lifetime slash line of .310/.377/.440 with 3,465 hits, making him the Yankees all-time hits leader. The hall of fame is all but guaranteed for the Yankee captain, but fans will have to wait until 2020 for the induction at Cooperstown.