If you're holding tickets for Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees game hoping to see Derek Jeter's final at-bats as a major leaguer, you may be in luck.
All signs now point to the Yankees' captain finishing his illustrious career in the final game of the regular season at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that he expects to play Jeter in every game until the season ends.
"Obviously, some of those days are going to be DH days to keep him going, similar to what [Sunday was]," Girardi told reporters at Yankee Stadium. "He had Monday off, but now he's swinging the bat and I'm going to keep him in there."
Jeter was in the midst of a horrific slump last week, but has found the old stroke since returning to the Bronx for the Yankees' final homestand. Since returning to the Bronx Thursday for the final eight home games, Jetes is batting .471 (8-for-17) with a home run, two doubles, and three RBIs.
"It's fun. It's a lot better when they're cheering for you," Jeter told reporters after Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. "But the fans have been great to me all season. Now, I feel good, and we're still trying to win games. Until we're out of games, we all need to battle and play as hard as we can."
After Jeter had his fourth consecutive two-hit game Sunday, he was asked if the Yankee Stadium crowd have added adrenaline to the final stretch at home.
"I don’t feel different," Jeter said. "I’m well-aware it’s winding down, getting constantly reminded about it. But like always, you want to play well. This is a game where you’ve got to battle sometimes. Sometimes things are as easy as they look. I’m going to play as hard as I can until we’re out of games.”
When asked by the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy in the beginning of Sept. if he would play in Boston if the Yankees were eliminated from the postseason, Jeter replied "Why would I not?"
And the Red Sox are certainly planning for Jeter to be in Boston this weekend, lining up players and getting the custom gifts ready to present to No. 2 before Sundays final game.
With the Patriots not playing until Monday night in Kansas City, expect Jeter to get all the hubbub and media pub when the Yankees arrive in town on Friday.