"Classy to the end, he congratulated the Orioles and promised that he’d d.h. in some of the last three weekend games, up in Boston, to honor the fans there, but, for us, would never play shortstop again.
Departing, he’d given us a post-season after all.” - Roger Angell
“The Yankees’ season had, for all purposes, ended with a loss the previous evening, which mathematically eliminated them from post-season play. They didn’t make it into October last year, either, but Derek had not played in any late games after his sidelining by that severe ankle injury. Last night’s encounter was the first meaningless game he’d ever played in pinstripes—but then he gave it meaning.”
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