On this day in 2008, the final game at the old Yankee Stadium was played between the Yankees and Orioles. Jose Molina’s two-run homer in the 4th inning put the Yankees in the lead for good and was the final home run hit at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte picked up the win after pitching five innings, and Mariano Rivera got Brian Roberts to ground out to Cody Ransom at first for the final out. The Yankees won the game, 7-3. Surrounded by his teammates on the field after the game, Derek Jeter made a moving speech to the Yankee Stadium crowd:
"From all of us up here, it's a huge honor to put this uniform on every day and come out here and play. Every member of this organization, past and present, has been calling this place home for 85 years. There's a lot of tradition, a lot of history and a lot of memories. The great thing about memories is you're able to pass them along from generation to generation. Although things are going to change next year and we're going to move across the street, there are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That's pride, tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world. We're relying on you to take the memories from this stadium and add them to the new memories we make at the new Yankee Stadium and continue to pass them on from generation to generation. We just want to take this moment to salute you, the greatest fans in the world.