Yankees Honor “Core Four” Prior to Derek Jeter’s Final Home Opener on Monday (Video)
With Derek Jeter set to retire at the end of the 2014 MLB season, Monday not only marked the final home opener of his own career, but it also marked the final home opener for any of the New York Yankees’ “Core Four,” as Jeter gets set to join Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada in retirement. So rather than honoring No. 2 on his own, the Yanks decided to bring back all four of the men who helped the organization claim five World Series titles between 1996 and 2009.
How did the Yankees honor the Core Four? Simple. They had the two pitchers—Rivera and Pettitte—throw out the ceremonial first pitch to the catcher and shortstop—Posada and Jeter, respectively.
Check it out:
And when the ceremony was over, it was time for Jeter and his current Yankees teammates to take the field against the Baltimore Orioles.
But shortly after the start of the game, during the bottom of the first inning, the fans were given another opportunity to shower Jeter with love when he stepped up to the plate for the first time at Yankee Stadium this season—and they took advantage of it:
Although Jeter would strike out following that ovation, he made it up to the Yankees fans in the fifth by leading off with a double to deep left and scoring what would prove to be the winning run one batter later when Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center field.
Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 2.