Mets honor Jeter in his Citi Field farewell
Unless the Yankees and the Mets duplicate 2000 and end up in the World Series, Derek Jeter played his last game at Citi Field Thursday night. Mets fans treated the Captain respectively for the most part with primarily polite applause during his at-bats. The Mets organization made a gift to Jeter of a mosaic made up on subway tiles in the shape of No. 2.
Even more importantly, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon on behalf of the team gave DJ a $22,222.22 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation. “That means a lot to me,” Jeter said. “I think a lot of people know how much the foundation means to me. So for you to do that, I really appreciate it. I can’t thank you enough.”
Jeter has been a thorn in the Mets’ side throughout the Subway Series, which began in 1997, his second season with the Yankees. Jeet took a .368 career batting average against the Mets into the game.
“There has been a lot of history, starting from 1997 when interleague play started and all the excitement about Yankees-Mets,” he said. “And it doesn’t get any bigger than the World Series. But I have a lot of great memories here. It has been fun playing in these series. Like I’ve always said, the fans are very energetic on both sides. That makes it very fun for us as players to go out there and compete. So I want to say thanks to the Wilpon family. It’s very much appreciated. It’s unnecessary.”
Jeter declined to give a specific greatest memory against the Mets, but it does without saying that his winning the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in 2000 was it. My personal favorite was his leadoff home run against Bobby Jones on the first pitch of Game 4 at Shea Stadium.
“Well, it doesn’t get any bigger than playing in the World Series against them,” Jeter said. “I think that was something I think the whole city was pulling for – going through the playoffs that year. And then for us to get the opportunity to play that exciting series; we won that series, but a lot of those games could have gone either way. They were close games. It definitely stands out the most.”