This is it. This is the last time that you can take in a Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, and watch Derek Jeter batting second and … well … slotting in at designated hitter.
But as we look back and reminisce, today is also a day to look forward, as Masahiro Tanaka returns to the Majors to test out his rehabilitated elbow. While we cannot say with any certainty what today will mean for the Yankees ace, barring some sort of swift kick in the nethers, it will nevertheless be an important step in discerning where the team’s rotation stands for next year. And so we watch the game today not only to feel proud of the last two decades of Yankees baseball, but also to find some optimism in the looming post-Jeter landscape.
|Toronto Blue Jays
||New York Yankees|
|Jose Reyes, SS||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Jose Bautista, RF||Derek Jeter, DH|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||Brian McCann, C|
|Dioner Navarro, C||Chris Young, LF|
|Dan Johnson, 1B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Munenori Kawasaki, 3B||Francisco Cervelli, 1B|
|Dalton Pompey, LF||Stephen Drew, 2B|
|Ryan Goins, 2B||Ichiro Suzuki, RF|
|Anthony Gose, CF||Brendan Ryan, SS|
|Drew Hutchison, SP||Masahiro Tanaka, SP|