As you probably know by now, upon completion of this series against the Blue Jays, the Yankees only have two series left to play before the regular season is over. The first is a four-game series against the Orioles at home, while the last is a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Keeping in mind that they have not been mathematically eliminated, there is an outside chance that the team could make the playoffs, but we shouldn't hold our breath at this point. It is very likely that Derek Jeter will play in that final series against Boston. When asked a few days ago if he would play in Boston if the Yankees were out of playoff contention, he said "Why would I not?" and that seems like the right decision.
When Mariano Rivera retired last year, we got to experience the touching moment of Jeter and Andy Pettitte coming out of the dugout to take him out of his last game at Yankee Stadium. Although the Yankees still had a series to play in Houston, Mo opted for his final appearance in New York to be the final appearance of his career. That made sense for many reasons, including the fact that as the closer, Rivera wasn't an everyday player. There are few arguments that can be made in favor of Jeter sitting out the series at Boston.
First of all, it's not like there's a way to duplicate the moment that Mo got on the mound last year. They kind of tried to do something like that during the All-Star Game, when Alexei Ramirez ran out before they started playing the fourth inning to replace Jeter and Jeter got his standing ovation. The Yankees could do that, I guess, but replacing him with Brendan Ryan or Stephen Drew wouldn't exactly be a special moment. Considering that fans have practically given him a standing ovation the entire season during every at-bat, it's not like he wont get acknowledgment from the crowd during his last home game either way. It's likely that the Fenway crowd will give him one too.
Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem like there are any sentimental reasons that Jeter should finish his last game in New York and sit out the final series against Boston. Except in cases of injury, like most of last season, Jeter has always been an everyday player. He probably even got more playing time than he should have this season. It would be almost anti-Jeterian for him to sit out. There's also the fact that Boston marks the last stop on Jeter's Farewell Tour of 2014, so it would be kind of weird for him not to play at all during that series, though it's true that Mo didn't play in Houston despite being honored there in that final series either. Perhaps the biggest reason not to bench Jeter is that these are going on the last 7 games of his career, so why would you take some of those away from him?
Do you think Jeter should play his last game in New York and sit out the Boston series? Can you think of a way that the team could remove Jeter from the game in a touching moment similar to Mo's last season?