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The New York Yankees return for the final in the regular season on Monday, playing a rescheduled game from June 9th. For longtime shortstop Derek Jeter, it will be the last trip to Kauffman Stadium of his 20-year Major League career. In his final tour, Jeter has received numerous items from a surf board to golf clubs. Kansas City will donate $25,000 from Royals Charities to Derek’s foundation, Turn-2, which “creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2″ healthy lifestyles.” In 66 games at “The K” entering Monday, Jeter hit .315 (90-for-286) with 45 runs scored, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 32 RBI.
Royals manager Ned Yost reflected on Jeter during pregame today.
“For me he’s the consummate professional, he’s the ultimate professional,” Yost said. “He’s a guy that plays the game to an extremely high degree but it seems to me like he’s never changed who he was, he’s never forgotten who he was, he’s never forgotten where he came from, he’s never forgotten this game is played to have fun and he looks like he has fun when he plays the game. I think he’s a tremendous role model for young baseball players all over the country.”
Kansas City returns after a 6-3, 10-day road trip to Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. With a 2.0 lead in the American League Central, Yost was asked what he expects from the crowd tonight; “Excitement. A buzz. Energy. I think it should be an electric-type energy.”
Since July 22, the Royals have dropped just seven out of 31 games. The team is on a roll and playing well.
“There’s a lot of confidence,” Yost said. “They had confidence in themselves even when we think of it as treading water. They knew they were capable, as a group, of doing special things. Now the confidence level has been increased knowing that they’ve got what it takes to take this thing all the way through.”
In injury-related news, first baseman Eric Hosmer, who has been on the disabled list since August 2 with a fractured right wrist, could begin hitting off a tee as early as Thursday, according to Yost.
The Royals will recognize the stellar playing career of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter prior to the series finale between the two teams on Monday, June 9. The game marks the last regular-season contest at Kauffman Stadium for Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.
A special Dynamic Deal featuring 45 percent savings for the June 9 game is now available, as the Royals are offering Hy-Vee Infield tickets for just $20. Fans can take advantage of this special offer and see the salute to Jeter by purchasing tickets at www.royals.com/dynamicdeals.
Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Royals, will present Jeter with a $10,000 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation during a special pregame ceremony, which will feature a video tribute to the Yankees captain.
During his rookie year in 1996, Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles among youth. While sharing a pizza in a Detroit hotel room, Derek announced to his father that he was ready to establish his own foundation. Then and there, they laid the plans for Turn 2. The name “Turn 2″ is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Jeter’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2″ his foundation for guidance and the much needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.