Tigers choose to watch Derek Jeter over the Royals

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
The Yankees' C.C. Sabathia, left, and Brett Gardner douse Derek Jeter after Jeter drove in the winning run against the Orioles in the ninth inning Thursday in New York. It was Jeter’s final home game, and Tigers players took in the action from the clubhouse at Comerica Park.

Detroit — The Tigers, after they beat the Twins, 4-2, and reduced their magic number to two to clinch their fourth straight AL Central title, were all standing around televisions in the clubhouse.

Not one was on the Kansas City-Chicago game.

The players were glued to Derek Jeter's final at-bat and farewell moment at Yankee Stadium.

Joba Chamberlain, Jeter's former teammate and close friend, was especially choked up by the moment — especially after Jeter put the storybook ending on it with a walk-off single.

"It's like a movie," Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said. "Just incredible."

Pitcher Max Scherzer was in the lunch room when Jeter got the hit.

"You could see it coming when the inning started," Scherzer said. "Jeter was hitting third. We all said Jeter was going to walk it off, we knew it. The thing is, though, how loud would they have booed if they walked him?"

The players sat transfixed by the scene for a good 20 minutes as Jeter made his way around the field saying his goodbyes.

It was mentioned to rookie Steven Moya that maybe he could be experiencing something similar in 20 years or so.

"Amen," he said.