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Why Chicago should go see Jeter play

  • Derek Jeter will play his final games in Chicago this week.
Derek Jeter will play his final games in Chicago this week. (Getty Images )
May 19, 2014|By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre

Dear Chicago residents,

GET YOUR ASSES OUT TO THE BALLPARK THIS WEEK!

Seriously. Derek Jeter, one of the greatest shortstops in the history of baseball, is coming to the city.

Good news: He and the Yankees are playing six games against the Cubs and White Sox.

Bad news: This will be the final six chances you get to see him play at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field.

You don't have to be a die-hard to recognize the significance of Jeter's final visit.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's your chance to go to the game and, 50 years from now, tell your grandchildren about the time you saw one of the greatest shortstops to ever play.

Which park to go to? That, my friends, depends on what you're looking for.

If you absolutely hate Jeter/the Yankees, go to Wrigley. He may have entered the season with a career batting average of .312, but the Confines have not been friendly to him.

His career batting average at Wrigley is .182. He's never recorded an extra base hit and has zero (count 'em, ZERO) RBIs there.

The Cubs can't stop a nosebleed and seem to consistently hover around 100 losses a year, but at least they can stop Jeter.

Now, if you want some offense, head to the South Side.

Jeter has seven home runs at U.S. Cellular. That's the third-most in his career at any stadium outside the American League East, the Yankees' division.

Combine the fact that they're playing four games against the Sox and his career batting average at the Cell is .291, and you'll likely be able to say you saw Jeter get a hit during his farewell tour.

I could throw a dozen more stats your way to entice you to head to the ballpark, but that's useless. The fact remains that the face of baseball is hanging up his cleats come October.

The weather should be nice(ish), the beer will be cold and the hot dogs will be hot. But if that's not enough, stop for a moment and tip your hat to a Yankee great.

Jay St. Pierre is a RedEye designer and baseball fanatic.

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