HOUSTON (AP) - Derek Jeter is unsure how he will feel Tuesday when he begins his farewell season with the New York Yankees against the Houston Astros.
The Yankees captain says: "I'm trying to treat it like any other opening day, and every opening day is special where you have butterflies and you have nerves and I think that's a good thing. I don't foresee this being any different."
To the rest of the sports world it certainly will be. Jeter announced in February that his 20th big league season will be his last. It will mark the end of an illustrious career in which the shortstop was a 13-time All-Star and helped the Yankees to five titles.
He'll join fellow Core Four members Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera in retirement.