Entries in Yankee Stadium (5)


Rodriguez Cheered Loudly in Return to Yankee Stadium

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fans at Yankee Stadium made sure Alex Rodriguez felt welcome on Opening Day.

Rodriguez, who missed all of 2014 because of a drug suspension, was cheered mightily in the Opening Day introductions. The home fans were even louder when their designated hitter walked to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the third inning. Many of them stood and some chanted "A-Rod."

Rodriguez was even part of Yankee Stadium's "Bleacher Creatures" roll call in the top of the first inning. Usually, the fans in the right field bleachers call out each player in the field until he acknowledges the crowd. But they added Rodriguez to the tradition and No. 13 happily came to the top of the dugout and tipped his cap to the crowd.

Rodriguez, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since September 25, 2013, finished the game 1 for 2 with a walk in the New York Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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ESPN: Yankees Offer Rodriguez Yankee Stadium to Make Apology

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees want third baseman Alex Rodriguez to apologize in front of the media before pitchers and catchers report to spring training Friday, and according to ESPN, the team has offered Rodriguez the use of Yankee Stadium to do it.

ESPN reports the 39-year-old Rodriguez and the Yankees met last Tuesday, when Rodriguez agreed to publicly apologize for his season-long suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.

After Rodriguez and the Yankees met last Tuesday, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives told Rodriguez they wanted him to talk with the media before spring training to try and avoid having a distraction in Tampa.

There isn't an exact date or location set for the news conference.

Rodriguez is a three-time MVP who over 20 major league seasons has hit .299 with 654 home runs and a .384 on-base percentage.

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Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion 

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No one was sure when Derek Jeter should be taken off the Yankee Stadium field for the last time, so Jeter handled the issue himself.

Jeter hit a walk-off RBI single to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his final game in pinstripes Thursday.

It looked like Jeter's night was going to end earlier. The Yankees went into the ninth inning with a three run lead, but Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Steve Pearce tied the game with a solo blast, allowing Jeter the opportunity for one last at-bat.

Rookie Jose Pirela opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. Jeter then came up and swung at the first pitch, lining it into right field and giving Richardson just enough time to score the winning run.

After celebrating with his teammates, Jeter shared pleasantries with former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre.

While Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium is over, his time in the major leagues isn't. Jeter and the Yankees finish out their season with three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Derek Jeter Climbs to 8th on All-Time Hits List as Yanks Roll 

Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- It may be his final season playing in the MLB, but Derek Jeter is not finished cementing his legacy.

The New York Yankees shortstop gained sole possession of eighth place on baseball's all-time hit list with two hits in the first four innings of Sunday's 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.  He now has 3,320 career hits, one ahead of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Jeter tied Molitor in the third inning with a line single to right, and passed him with a ground ball up the right-field line past Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

C.C. Sabathia allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six while picking up his first win of 2014.  David Robertson closed the door in the ninth inning for his second save in as many chances.

The Yankees concluded their season-opening road trip with a 3-3 record.  They return home Monday to face the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

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Mariano Rivera Bids Farewell to Yankee Stadium

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was an emotional night for Mariano Rivera as he bid farewell to Yankee Stadium, a place he's called home for a better part of the past two decades.

Baseball's all-time saves leader pitched at Yankee Stadium for the final time in New York's 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.  He entered the game in the eighth inning to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd and pitched into the top of the ninth.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Rivera's longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him from the game for the last time. Pettitte is also retiring at the end of the season.

A sobbing Rivera embraced both Pettitte and Jeter on the mound as fans and players alike paid tribute to baseball's most acclaimed relief pitcher.

"I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn't describe," Rivera said after the game. "Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before."

It was a special moment that will go down as one of the greatest in the history of Yankee Stadium.  After the game, manager Joe Girardi said he conceived the idea of sending both Pettitte and Jeter to the mound during the eighth inning, and received the go-ahead from crew chief Mike Winters.

"I've never seen a player pull another player, so I had to ask. And then one of them was on the DL," Girardi said.  "Then I said, 'Well, can I send two?' and they said, 'Well, go ahead.' And I really appreciate (that) because I think it made the moment even more special for Mo."

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