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Empire State Building lit in pinstripes to honor Derek Jeter

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Derek Jeter’s 20-year Major League Baseball career came to an end Sunday after collecting his 3,465th hit during the third inning of the Yankees’ game against the Boston Red Sox.

The surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer has, of course, spent the entirety of his career with the Yankees, so it’s only fitting he would be honored by one of New York’s greatest landmarks. Sunday night and Monday night, the tower lights of the Empire State Building will shine in Yankee pinstripes to commemorate Derek Jeter.

There aren’t many things they say New York quite like the Empire State Building. After 20 seasons full of accolades and championships, Derek Jeter’s name will be among the first spoken when anyone mentions great New York Yankees. A fitting tribute, indeed.

Photo: Twitter/EmpireStateBldg

Report: Joe Girardi unloaded on Yankees before Derek Jeter’s last home game

Joe GirardiThursday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles may have been all about Derek Jeter and his final home game at Yankee Stadium, but that didn’t stop Joe Girardi from telling his players what he thought about their 2014 season. According to a report from ESPNNewYork.com, Girardi unloaded on the Yankees before they took the field.

Several sources, including more than a handful of anonymous players, reportedly told ESPNNewYork.com that Girardi went off on the team for everything from players being overweight to others not being “hungry” enough to win.

One source described Girardi as “angry,” and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker’s Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.

“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before,” said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. “It’s something he probably should have said back in spring training.”

Girardi confirmed the incident took place — he preferred to describe it as “a team meeting” — but refused to supply any details of what he said to the team or if any particular players were singled out.

Girardi said he was more “disappointed” than angry, but he admitted that he confronted the team about what he felt was a failure of a season.

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Derek Jeter not interested in managing Yankees for last game of his career

Derek JeterDerek Jeter said after his last home game on Thursday that he was done playing shortstop. With no defense to worry about, would that mean Jeter was up for another challenge?

Not quite.

According to Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch, Jeter was offered the opportunity to manage the Yankees on Sunday, which will be the last game of his career, and didn’t seem interested.

That shouldn’t be too surprising. Jeter has previously said he’s not interested in managing after he’s done playing. Plus, he has a lot of respect for the game and those who work in it, so he probably would view it as improper to act as manager when he’s really just a player … and when the team already has a manager.

We all know that Jeter doesn’t want his last impression to be of him filling out a lineup card, anyway.

Derek Jeter’s nephew tips his cap just like his uncle (Video)

Derek Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night was loaded with moments that are straight out of a Hollywood film script. One of the best was his little nephew tipping his cap just like Jeter taught him after the game was over.

After Jeter lifted the Yankees to a dramatic win over the Orioles with a walk-off single in the ninth inning, cameras spotted his young nephew in the stands watching the commotion on the field. At one point, the little guy tipped his cap and looked exactly like a veteran ballplayer.

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Even if you were tired of Jeter’s farewell tour this season, you had to enjoy the way his last game at Yankee Stadium played out. And if you’re a hardcore Jeter hater and you didn’t even appreciate that, you have to respect his nephew.

Video via Jimmy Traina

Derek Jeter has played his last game at shortstop for the Yankees

John-Dewan-Derek-Jeter-Worst-ShortstopDerek Jeter played in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, delivering a walk-off base hit in the ninth inning to lift his team over the Baltimore Orioles. The captain’s last Yankees home game will also be his last at shortstop.

Jeter told reporters after the game that he wanted his last game at shortstop to be in front of nearly 50,000 Yankee fans.

“I’ve played my last game at shortstop,” he said, via Chad Jennings of USA Today Sports. “I wanted to take something special from Yankee Stadium and the view from shortstop here, tonight, is what I want to take from it. … I’ve only played shortstop for my entire career. And the last time I want to play it is tonight.”

Jeter will be the DH when the Yankees travel to Boston this weekend for the final series of his MLB career. He started 2,660 regular season games at shortstop for New York and never played another position during his professional career, despite the fact that his range rapidly worsened in recent seasons.

The reception Jeter gets at Fenway Park this weekend should be just as loud as the one he got at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

Matt Harvey attends Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium

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Like many others who grew up in New York in the 1990s, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey idolized Derek Jeter throughout his childhood. On Thursday night, Harvey joined roughly 50,000 others at Yankee Stadium to say goodbye to No. 2.

“Tonight is about #RE2PECT!!” Harvey wrote on Instagram along with the photo you see above. “Saying farewell and paying the man this game has been blessed to have! A childhood idol and it’s now an honor to call a friend!!! #derekjeter.”

Meanwhile, the Mets were finishing up the second leg of a double header against the Washington Nationals. Harvey has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery this season and has not traveled with the team, for the most part. Newsday’s Marc Carig asked Mets manager Terry Collins if he had an issue with the 25-year-old attending Jeter’s last game, to which he responded “not really.” When asked the same question, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said “no comment.”

Naturally, Jeter’s Yankee Stadium career had a storybook ending. After the Baltimore Orioles scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, Jeter delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame.

Derek Jeter delivers win in final game at Yankee Stadium (Video)

Derek Jeter played in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, so naturally he delivered the game-winning hit.

After the Baltimore Orioles tied the game in the top of the ninth inning via a two-run home run by Adam Jones and a solo shot by Steve Pearce, there was never any other possible outcome with Jeter due up third in the bottom half of the inning.

derek-jeter-game-winning-hitJose Pirela led off with a single, and was pinch run for by Antoan Richardson. Brett Gardner laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Richardson up to second base. In typical Derek Jeter fashion, he took the first pitch he saw from Oriole reliever Evan Meek to right field for a single, bringing home Richardson with the winning run.

Sometimes things just have a way of working out perfectly. There’s no need to ask questions or hunt for explanations. What happened Thursday night at Yankee Stadium was one of those instances.

The Yankees have three games remaining in the season, against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The chances of Jeter not playing in any of them are probably pretty slim. However, there may not be a more storybook way to end a career short of going out after a championship than this moment, if Derek Jeter wants to take it. We know he won’t.

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