KANSAS CITY — Most of the 31,758 in attendance at Kauffman Stadium for the Yankees’ 8-1 acquire Monday night were still present even after the first out of the ninth inning was recorded.
It was a silly sight with the home group trailing by seven runs, but those in attendance wished one more opportunity to show gratitude for Derek Jeter in his final regular-season at-bat with Kansas City.
Jeter grounded out to shortstop, though the K sent him served by one final thunderous round of applause anyways as he jogged back to the particular dugout.
The round of applause even grabbed Jeter off-guard.
‘Maybe a little, I don’t ever be expecting it,’ said Jeter, whom finished 1-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. ‘But the way fans have treated everyone pretty much everywhere we’ve gone this year has been pretty special. I don’t expect them to do it, but those are the things I’ll take away from each town that I’ve gone the very last time. The fans are already awesome.’
Kansas City paid honor to the Yankees’ legendary shortstop before the sport.
Royals president Dan Glass and senior vice president of football operations and general manager Dayton Moore greeted Jeter between the mound and home denture 10 minutes before first pitch, and presented him with a $10,000 check as a contribution to his Turn A couple of Foundation.
The Royals also confirmed a commemorative video about its CrownVision HD scoreboard, featuring a few of Jeter’s career highlights and on the house speeches from a number of Queens players.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost raved about the 20-year veteran, who intentions of retiring after this season.
‘For myself, he’s the consummate qualified, he’s the ultimate professional. He is a guy that plays the action to an extremely high degree. Surely that it’s never changed which he was, he’s never ever forgotten who he ended up being, he’s never forgotten exactly where he came from, he’s in no way forgotten this game is enjoyed to have fun,’ Yost explained before the game.
Jeter started on shortstop in his 67th game at Kauffman Arena, where he entered participate in having posted a .315/.369/.434 decrease line in 318 plate appearances.
He received hearty applause in all a few of his at-bats. As for the method of obtaining the applause, Jeter was split with that after the game.
‘There were probably some Yankees fans rooting, maybe some Royals lovers that have enjoyed booing me through the years, [and] they’re happy to see us go,’ Jeter said that has a laugh.