It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon during the Yankees-Mariners game at Yankee Stadium. While all eyes were focused on the return engagement of Andy Pettitte, a small gesture by Derek Jeter didn't go unnoticed by the sold out Mother's Day crowd.
While walking back to the bench after his first at-bat, Jeter slid the traditional pink bat players use to promote breast cancer awareness across the top of the dugout towards a little girl wearing big sunglasses and a cap. A boy who looked like the girl's brother caught the souvenir and handed it to the girl without hesitation as their mom looked on. He also might have prevented it from torpedoing the girl in the face.
While the little girl's mom is probably already a fan of the shortstop, it looks like Jeter is already cultivating a new generation of women to swoon over him after retirement.
Pettitte was a little less in-the-pink as the Yankees lost 6-2. The leftie was mostly solid (6.1 innings, 7 hits, 4 earned runs), after being out of the majors for a year-and-a-half, but gave up a couple of costly two-run homers in the loss.