Derek Jeter was honored for the first time on his tour around Major League Baseball. Now this usually, usually meaning in the case of Jeter’s former teammate Mariano Rivera who was honored at twenty of the thirty Major League Ballparks during his “Farwell Tour” as this is a relatively new idea, takes place prior to the third (or fourth) and final game of the series but the Houston Astros decided that game two of the series was the time to honor the soon to be retired Captain of the New York Yankees.
Jeter’s former teammates and friends Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Mike Stanton along with Astros’ owner owner Jim Crane, longtime team play-by-play man, Milo Hamilton and golfers Mark O’Meara, Johnson Wagner and Lucas Glover were on the field for the ceremony.
The Astros presented Jeter with a pair of No. 2 Yankee cowboy boots, a Stetson cowboy hat, golf clubs and even lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon. Before Jeter’s first at-bat Astros’ manager Bo Porter led his team out of the dugout to join with the fans in giving Jeter a standing ovation before his first at-bat.
There was much talk about how these pre-game ceremonies were going to mess with Jeter’s pre-game routine. Pettitte, one of Jeter’s closest friends, said,
“I know that Derek is crazy, crazy, crazy about his routine. If it is real quick, I think he’ll get used to doing that as he travels from city to city. I think each time it will get a little bit easier and he’ll realize what he has to do.”
Maybe the pre-game excitement did mess with Jeter’s meticulous routine. Jeter grounded out in that first at-bat and was 0-3 on the day with a walk and a strike out. The Yankees fell for a second straight day to the Astros, losing the game 3-1.