NEW YORK — As he usually has recently been over the past 20 seasons, Derek Jeter ended up being the first Yankee to leave the dugout before Thursdays first pitch, rising the stairs and racing to his shortstop position in pinstripes for the final time as an active player.
An anticipated sellout crowd roared as Jeter came on the field on 7:05 p.m. Ainsi que, three minutes ahead of Hiroki Kurodas initially pitch.
As the Bleacher Creatures started out their Der-ek Je-ter chant, moving around the infield and reaching shortstop, Nick Markakis homered into the 2nd deck in right field; the unwanted souvenir seemed to be quickly returned to the outfield type grass. Alejandro De Aza added a solitary shot to make it consecutive homers away Hiroki Kuroda.
Jeters first appearance on the field in Yankee Stadium came around 20 minutes earlier, as the chief was joined by his sister, Sharlee, and members of the Turn 2 Foundations Jeters Leaders program to help accepted a $22,222.22 gift on behalf of PepsiCo.
He shook hands, hugged his sister and ran to your outfield grass, where the self-described creature of habit leaped through his usual regime of sprints before participating in catch with teammate Run after Headley along the first-base line and standing up along the first-base line for Curt Ramms trumpet performance of the national anthem.
With the Orioles as well as Yankees both standing at the top step of the dugout, the first pitch was preceded by a going video presentation that blended many of Jeters notable highlights — the dive into the stands, the Flip Play, the Mister. November homer and others — along with video thank you messages from lovers around New York City.