NEW YORK, N.Y. – Joe Girardi already is thinking about how to handle Derek Jeter’s home finale Thursday.
Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera . The retiring closer wept during a four-minute ovation, buried his head on the right shoulder of Pettitte and then was embraced by his two teammates.
New York had been eliminated from post-season contention the previous night. The Yankees begin a series with Baltimore on Monday trailing by 4 1/2 games for the AL’s second wild card with seven games left.
Girardi says: “It’s different in a sense with Derek, because you don’t know where you’re going to be at right now and the meaning of the game at that point.”