The ceremonies for the final game at Yankee Stadium began with the opening of Monument Park, as well as allowing Yankee fans to walk on the warning track around the field. Many former Yankee greats, including Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, Willie Randolph, Roy White, and Chris Chambliss took their positions in the playing field as their names were announced by the legendary Bob Sheppard. Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of Babe Ruth, threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the final game in “The House That Ruth Built.”
Andy Pettitte got the win, Jose Molina hit the last homer and Mariano Rivera recorded the final three outs of the Yankees’ 7-3 win over the Orioles. Jason Giambi recording the last hit in Yankee Stadium, driving in Brett Gardner, who scored the last run in Yankee Stadium. In the eighth inning, Derek Jeter became the final Yankee to bat in Yankee Stadium.
Among many lasts to be recorded, a long-time standing question was answered. It was first wondered by Babe Ruth after he hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium on its opening day of April 18, 1923: “I was glad to have hit the first home run in this park. God only knows who will hit the last.”
That person turned out to be Jose Molina, as he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.