The Yankees announced on their official website that they will be honoring their retiring captain before the final game of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals. New York will also be giving every fan at Yankee Stadium a commemorative coin.
After last year's Mariano Rivera bobblehead fiasco, the Yankees will certainly be hopeful that Jeter's night goes off without a hitch.
This is the cherry on top of an already good week for the 40-year-old. First, he went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star Game, scoring the first run of the game for the American League. Jeter was removed during the top of the fourth inning, allowing him one more All-Star victory lap before heading to the dugout for the final time. The Target Field crowd gave him a standing ovation.
"It was a special moment and it was unscripted," he said, per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com. "I was unaware of it."
In addition to that, on Friday night, he's poised to set the record for most games started at shortstop, surpassing Omar Vizquel, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post:
Might not be Cal Ripken/Iron Man stuff. But tonite will be SS start 2,610 for Jeter, replacing VIzquel for the most ever #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 18, 2014
This is just another highlight to add to Jeter's farewell campaign.
Although the team doesn't wrap up its regular season on Sept. 7, it is the penultimate Sunday home game for the team, which still leaves Sept. 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays as a possible backup in case of a postponement.
The Yankees' last game of the 2014 season will be at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 28 in what is a fitting bit of irony—Jeter's last hurrah will be against New York's most hated rival. Jeter's last home game will be on Sept. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles.