by Stephen Jones
A rookie stepped up to Seattle’s home plate
And recorded his first major-league hit.
That was in 1995.
It’s full circle time, and last night
Derek Jeter did the same: In the 1st
He got a one-out single to right.
“I’ll always have fond memories of Seattle
Because this is where it began.” He smiled.
This is now 2014.
In the 9th he got 40 seconds of grateful applause –
And while some are tired of this season’s homage,
Few will argue
That he has been the “Face of Baseball.”
No matter the stats, it is the intangible
Which makes a star.
Last night the Yankees won, 6-3, and the season
Is up for grabs. But last night Seattle remembered
It started here in 1995.
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