Kevin Millar

Kevin Millar on MFB: Derek Jeter 'cannot not play' this weekend at Fenway

September 26, 2014 - 8:58 am

MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss whether Derek Jeter should play in his final series this weekend at Fenway Park. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Following Thursday's walkoff single against the Orioles in his emotional final game at Yankee Stadium, Jeter said he will serve as designated hitter but not play shortstop when he faces the Red Sox this weekend. Some have said Jeter should allow Thursday's dramatics to go in the history books as his final sendoff and skip the Sox series. Millar does not agree. "The one thing Derek knows is he's got class. And he knows how important it is for him to play in this series," Millar said. "I get you, it's a great argument, it's a great debate. Last night, storybook, you just ride off into the wind. The best thing for him would be if they won the World Series. ... At the end of the day, it's important for the fans, it's important for the ownership of the Red Sox, it's important for Red Sox Nation. "It's just, the rivalry. He cannot not play. So he's going to do DH some, get out and they can say goodbye to him also. But that's my point, is that: Get out there and appreciate this, because it's over after Sunday. And then there'll be another shortstop, they'll go out and sign Hanley Ramirez or whoever their next generation's going to be. ... But we get a chance to see Derek Jeter, pretty cool, one of the greatest to ever play the game." Added Millar: "I think Jeter's chapter he wrote, it's already signed, sealed, delivered, that book's closed. Now this is just a favor, a favor for the Red Sox fans and this rivalry over 20 years to play these next three days." Millar joined the chorus of people praising Jeter for the way he's handled himself over two decades as a Yankee. "There's certain stars that have a way to slow down their heart rate in big situations. Tom Brady's one of them. Derek Jeter's another one. Joe Montana back in the day was another one. The great ones do that," Millar said. "This guy, I don't think we can appreciate how awesome he's been -- five rings, 3,400 hits, never in trouble, mom and dad are there to support him. It's refreshing to see the normalcy that he brought, even though we don't know who Derek Jeter really is, because he's so guarded and closed. "But he brought a normalcy at least, when you compete against him, when you said hello to him -- fake, real or not, it doesn't matter. He treated you with respect on that team, in that arena." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at