Derek Jeter has played his final game for New York Yankees at shortstop and is likely to be the designated hitter against Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend.
Last Yankee Stadium memory
The 40-year-old, who hit the walk-off RBI single in his last ever appearance as a player at Yankee Stadium, revealed last night’s 6-5 victory over Baltimore Orioles would be the last time he would start at shortstop.
The Yankees captain admitted he had not decided whether he would play tonight (Friday) after such an emotional 24 hours.
In a fairytale finale, the five-time World Series winner smashed his fifth career walk-off hit, his first since 2007, in his last ever at-bat at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter was swamped by teammates past and present on the infield as the crowd paid their thanks to a man who has played for the Yankees for the past 20 seasons and captained them in the last 11 years of his career.
After the game, Jeter ran back on to the field and knelt in the shortstop fielding position to give himself a moment to take it all in for one last time.
Life after Jeter
Now the Yankees will have to adapt to life without their number 2 at shortstop. It is assumed manager Joe Girardi had always planned for this eventuality ever since Jeter announced his retirement on February 12, but reality will sink in against the Red Sox.
If Jeter is switched to designated hitter at his request, Brendan Ryan is likely to fill in a shortstop for the series against the Red Sox.
The 32-year-old played the position on Wednesday night (September 24) against the Orioles when Jeter was DH and has been a competent back-up all season.
The shortstop has made 46 appearances for the Yankees this season with a batting average of .176 and an on base percentage of .217.