What do you do for an encore if you’ve just hit a walk-off game winner during your last at-bat in your home park, surrounded by adoring, cheering fans? If you’re New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, you end your career where you’ve been booed more often than maybe any other baseball player in history.
Jeter’s last at-bat at Yankee Stadium ended in dramatic fashion on Thursday night, when he hit a walk-off single off of the Baltimore Orioles’ Evan Meek in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run.
Well, it was Jeter’s last moment as a shortstop, but the game was barely over before Jeter announced he would play in the season’s final series, at Fenway Park as the Yankees’ designated hitter.
"You know, out of respect for the [Boston] Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I’m going to DH … I hope people can respect my decision for that."
When Jeter makes his final curtain call