Sep 23, 2014 8:01 PM
Will Derek Jeter's reign in the Bronx end in rain?
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) Looks as though there might be rain when Derek Jeter ends his reign in the Bronx.
The retiring New York captain is scheduled to play his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night against Baltimore. The National Weather Service forecast called for a 70 percent chance of showers during the day, tapering off to 20 percent at night.
Jeter's last home game figures to be an emotional event, and fans have circled the date all season long. The Yankees finish the regular season this weekend with three games in Boston.
"I'm told the weather forecast for Thursday isn't all that bad, and the rain should be out of here. But I am worried about it, and I'll continue to worry about it," Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
"The commissioner can control a lot of things, but, damn it, all the weather isn't one of them. But, hopefully because that's a magnificent day here, and I have great faith in the Yankees they'll somehow get that game in."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn't sure what would happen if Jeter and the Yankees were rained out.
"That's a great question," he said. "I'm sure it would upset a lot of people."
The Orioles have already clinched the AL East, and are trying to catch the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in the league and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Baltimore holds the tiebreaker over the Angels. If Thursday's game was rained out and the Orioles were a half-game behind Los Angeles when the regular season ends, it's not certain whether they would have to play a makeup game Monday.
With Jeter's career winding down, he said he hasn't made any decisions about playing the last three regular-season games at Fenway Park.
"I can't think about Boston. I'm thinking about tonight's game, just like I can't think about tomorrow or Thursday," he said before taking on the Orioles. "I just haven't been wired that way, to think that far in advance. I just take it one game at a time. It's a better question for when I get there."
Girardi said that if the Yankees were still in the playoff race, he figured Jeter would be in the lineup every day. If they're eliminated, Girardi said he planned to talk to Jeter "on a daily basis" to see his preferences.
"I'm going to ask him and leave it to him," Girardi said.
Last year, with the Yankees eliminated and going into the final games of the season at Houston, there had been talk that career saves leader Mariano Rivera would fulfill a longtime wish by playing center field.
But coming off a touching scene in which Jeter and teammate Andy Pettitte walked to the mound to pull Rivera from his last appearance at Yankee Stadium, the great closer never played again.
"Mo just kind of wanted it to end that way," Girardi said.
As for Jeter's last game, "I can't really script it," manager said.
"What happened with Mo just came to me at that moment," Girardi said. "Whatever happens, happens."