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Derek Jeter Rainout for His Final Game at Yankee Stadium?

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 08:32 AM

There might be rain when Derek Jeter ends his reign in the Bronx. The National Weather Service called for a 70 percent chance of showers Thursday, tapering off to 20 percent at night when the 40-year-old shortstop is set to play his final game at Yankee Stadium.

"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.

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"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."

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."

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. 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."

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There might be rain when Derek Jeter ends his reign in the Bronx. The National Weather Service called for a 70 percent chance of showers Thursday, tapering off to 20 percent at night when the 40-year-old shortstop is set to play his final game at Yankee Stadium.
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