For adventure-seekers looking to firsthand experience the end of an era, the New York Yankee Stadium is the place to be this September. Derek Sanderson Jeter, the 40-year old captain of the New York Yankees who plans to hang up his uniform at the end of this season, will play his final home game adventure against the Orioles on Thursday, September 25. Tickets for the anticipated event sold rapidly fast at sky-high prices; per StubHub, the cheapest seat in the house is currently set at a whopping $285.50 asking price.
In honor of Jeter playing his final season for Major League Baseball, the Yankees will be host to a number of celebrations this month. On Tuesday, September 2, a statement was released announcing that the pinstriped team would wear a patch depicting the five-time World Series champion’s final season logo on all player hats and uniforms starting Sunday, September 7, through the end of the 2014 season.
This Sunday also marks Derek Jeter Day as the world-acclaimed shortstop will be honored at the stadium he has proudly called home for the last 20 seasons. Former teammates, family members, guests, and fans from around the world will all travel to the South Bronx field to take part in a special pregame ceremony highlighting the figure’s monumental career.
Beginning on Thursday, September 18, baseball enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to buy a limited-edition Derek Jeter commemorative issue of the official game-day program, Yankees Magazine. The unique feature will offer personal peeks at Jeter’s career, from his inaugural game in 1995 to present. The exclusive copy will also include a detailed recollection of his two decades in the Majors, a fascinating Q&A with Ernie Banks, and a four-panel centerpiece with a graphical description of the team’s 11th captain’s many triumphs, including being the all-time leader in hits (3,445) and ranking sixth on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list.
As to whether or not Jeter’s single-digit No. 2 jersey is set to retire, joining greats like No. 3’s Babe Ruth and No. 5’s Joe DiMaggio, is still up for debate. In the meantime, take yourself out to the old ball game and root, root, root for the home team—the classic New York Yankees.