Derek Jeter closed out his 20-year career by collecting an RBI infield single against the Red Sox in his final at-bat.
Derek Jeter's day and career are over. The Yankees' captain put a capper on his 20-year career with an RBI infield single in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox, before coming out of the game to a standing ovation from the fans at Fenway Park.
Starting at designated hitter in his last game -- Jeter told reporters after Thursday's Yankee Stadium finale that he would only DH against Boston -- Jeter lined out to shortstop in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning. In his second at-bat, Jeter came up with a runner on third and one out, with the Yankees up 2-0. On a 1-2 pitch, Jeter took a fastball from Clay Buchholz and hit a topper that bounded high into the air on the infield. Third baseman Garin Cecchini fielded the ball, but had no chance to get Jeter, who made it to first without a throw.
After Jeter reached first base, he turned toward the Yankees' dugout and motioned to manager Joe Girardi that he was done. As Brian McCann came out to pinch run, Jeter ran over to Buchholz to shake his hand, then hugged his teammates as he reached the dugout. With the fans chanting his name and his family watching, Jeter tipped his helmet to the crowd multiple times before leaving the field.
The hit -- the 3,465th of Jeter's career -- drove in Ichiro Suzuki to give Jeter 1,311 RBI all-time. The Yankees' legend finishes his career with 2,747 games played, 11,195 at-bats and a lifetime batting average of .310.