Derek Jeter on road cheers in final season: 'It’s been overwhelming'
With the end of his career approaching, Derek Jeter says he doesn't have any regrets in choosing to make this his last season and is looking forward to life as a retired baseball player, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
However, Jeter remains focused on trying to get the Yankees, who sit four games out of the second AL Wild Card, to the playoffs.
“I want to win. That’s it. It doesn’t get any more complicated from that,” he said Friday.
The shortstop said the best memories of his final season so far have been the cheers he's received in opposing stadiums -- even from fans that booed him for years.
“That’s been awesome. It’s been overwhelming for me,” Jeter said. “It’s not something that I expected. The way the fans have treated me everywhere I’ve gone has been above and beyond my wildest dreams."
Jeter has been on a farewell tour around the league, receiving a gift from teams whenever he plays his final series in a road stadium.
The 40-year-old is hitting .269 with three home runs and 32 RBI in his final season, and recently passed Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.
- Molly Geary