Wild scene here in the Bronx. There are police officers in riot gear ringing the field and a phalanx of officers on horseback in the outfield.
The Yankees are gathering on the mound for a photo and Derek Jeter is addressing the crowd.
“There are few things about the Yankees that never change, it’s pride and tradition and most of all we have the greatest fans in the world,” he said.
Led by Jeter, the entire team is now taking a lap around the field, tipping their caps to the crowd.
UPDATE, 11:54 p.m.: Players from both teams took dirt off the infield. Now Mariano has led a group of players to the mound to pose for photos. This is a nice scene. Only one fan tried to run on the field and he was hogtied by about 20 cops.
Here is Jeter’s speech:
(It’s recorded from the press box as he spoke to the crowd from the mound).
UPDATE, 12:10 a.m.: Here is Jeter’s speech:
â€œEvery member of this organization, past and present, has been calling this place home for 85 years, Thereâ€™s a lot of tradition, a lot of history and a lot of memories. Now the great thing about memories is youâ€™re able to pass it along from generation to generation.
â€œAlthough things are going to change next year. Weâ€™re going to move across the street. There are a few things that New York Yankees that never change. Thatâ€™s pride, tradition and most of all we have the greatest fans in the world.
We want you to take the memories from this stadium, add them to the new memories that come at the new Yankee Stadium and continue to pass them along from generation to generation. So on behalf of the entire organization, we want to take this moment to salute you, the greatest fans in the world.â€