Nothing usually fazes Derek Jeter as he prepares to play in a Major League ball game, but last night’s game was a little different. Jeter hadn’t played a full season since 2012, and he had to admit he was a little nervous before taking the field.
“To be honest with you, I was probably more nervous this year because I hadn’t played [a regular-season game] in a while,” Jeter said before yesterday’s 6-2 loss to the Astros. “You have butterflies.”
Yesterday’s game worked out quite well for Jeter in general; he went 1-for-3 but he was also hit by a pitch. When Jeter was hit by the pitch, Joe Girardi didn’t like the idea of Jeter potentially missing more time, but Jeter said the hit by pitch woke him up from his pre-game jitters.
“It woke me up,” Jeter said. “It felt like I hadn’t been out there in a while. Obviously, spring training, it just felt like it’s been awhile.”
If Jeter had pre-game jitters yesterday, then today should be interesting; he’s being honored tonight at Minute Maid Park which is the first stop of his Farewell tour. Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are slated to be in attendance. Funny thing, the Houston Astros were the last stop of Mariano Rivera‘s Farewell Tour while they’re the first stop of Derek Jeter’s Farewell Tour. They must feel pretty lucky to be a part of two ‘Farewell Tours’, don’t they?