Jeter was stretching his idle muscles in the clubhouse at the end of the sixth inning when he noticed the in-house feed of the Busch Stadium scoreboard, which was showing a highlight reel of his career, complete with interviews from Cardinals players.
The video was almost over by the time Jeter reached the dugout, but the camera focused on him, bringing the sellout crowd to its feet for a standing ovation. Jeter waved from inside the dugout, but the crowd didn’t stop prompting Jeets to come out and tip his hat and also point at the Cardinals players standing by the rail in the first base dugout.
“The fans all three games — well, the two that I played — every time I came up, they were pretty much standing,” Jeter said. “We were winning, so I thought it was appropriate.”
Derek Jeter paused for a moment after he was asked whether he'd ever taken a curtain call during a game he didn't play.
"No," he finally said. "No, I don't think so. I've been serenaded with some things when I wasn't playing a game. But, no, not a good thing."
After the seventh inning applause rose to a crescendo, a bashful-looking Jeter climbed the dugout steps, waved to the crowd and then to the Cardinals' dugout, where several players were also standing and clapping for him.
"I had no idea what happened," Jeter said. "But, like I said, the fans have been great here in St. Louis and I'm glad I've had the opportunity to come back."