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Derek Jeter receives standing ovation in Michigan

By Alexa Spieler     Aug 28, 2014 in Sports
When Derek Jeter stepped into the batter's box before a crowd of 42,647, on Thursday, the Captain automatically received a roaring standing ovation, for his final regular season at-bat in Michigan.
During the at-bat, Jeter faced former teammate Joba Chamberlin, who quickly stepped off the mound for Jeter to bask in the moment of praise and allowed the ovation to continue. The excitement quickly dwindled down, as the moment of praise ended in Jeter grounding out on the at-bat's sixth pitch. The Tigers ended up beating the Yankees, 3-2, at Comerica Park.
The game was significant for both teams, as both the Tigers and Yankees are currently competing for the American League Wild card spot. According to, the Yankees' loss put them three games behind "the Tigers and Mariners for the second American League Wild Card spot."
Amidst the praise and the respect shown at the Tigers game, Jeter's main focus is winning and making it to the playoffs, as always. When speaking with, he noted, "When you play the teams that are ahead of you, you don't have to look at the scoreboard." He later continued, "We play our division, so we need to have the approach that we have to win every day. What do we have, 30 games left? You can't sit around and look at the scoreboard. It's in our own hands, so we need to win."
As well as pushing the Yankees back in the race of the Wildcard, the defeat left the Yankees 6 1/2 games back in the AL East, as they're running behind the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter recognized that "it's always the goal" to end up winning, and further commented, "Until something else happens and you have to alter your goals, that's the goal. But once again, we play our division, so if we win our games we'll be fine. I don't ever think you set your sights on something less than you can accomplish, so our goal is to win games. We need to win tomorrow."
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