ANAHEIM -- Unless both the Yankees and Angels make the postseason, these next three games are likely to be Derek Jeter's last appearances at Angel Stadium. As such, Jeter met the Anaheim media for about 10 minutes before tonight's game for some reminiscing about his career here, where he has batted .335 with 10 home runs in 78 career games, a pretty good half-season.
But Jeter bristled slightly when a Los Angeles reporter asked him to name the most surprising thing about this Farewell Tour.
"I don’t like the words 'farewell tour'," he said. "I like 'final season,' because we’re trying to win. I’m not just walking around shaking hands and kissing babies, you know? We’re trying to win games."
But don't get the idea that Jeter is reconsidering his decision to retire at the end of this season, his 20th in major league baseball and for the Yankees. When asked if there was anything that could bring him back next year, Jeter said, "Nope. Nothing. You mean come back to play? Nothing. You can write that down, you can put it in stone. Nothing. I’ve said I would love to be in a position to own a team one day, to call the shots, but playing-wise, this is it."
And that's final.