Jeter prepares for final home opener

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Derek Jeter‘s Farewell Tour has taken him from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada but the next stop of the Farewell Tour is a familiar one: 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx, New York, home of the one and only Yankee Stadium. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., Jeter will run out of the dugout for the final time on Opening Day, checking off another ‘last’ on Jeter’s list.

“It almost doesn’t feel like the season is underway until you get to your home opener,” Jeter said. “Especially missing last year, I’m looking forward to this one.”

The first pitch will be thrown out by both Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte which Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will catch. The Core Four will be reunited once again, although this time it’s a bittersweet reminder of what inevitably has to come. Three-fourths of the Core Four have retired and the last member standing is slated to follow them into retirement following the 2014 season.

“I can’t tell you what’s going to happen,” Jeter said. “Fans have always treated me good throughout my career. I don’t know what it’s going to feel like, what the atmosphere will be like. I hope we have good weather, but I have no idea.”

Jeter’s career is already filled with memorable plays and moments, but tomorrow afternoon’s home opener will be another memory he hopes he can tell his future children about one day.

“There’s always something special about Opening Day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “To know that it’s your last one, I think it will mean a lot.”

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