What is Derek Jeter feeling heading into Sunday's Yankee Stadium ceremony in his honor?

Hard to say. He sprinted past reporters who wanted to probe his innermost thoughts before Friday night's game against the Royals.

One man who knows what it feels like to be feted by the Yankees is Jeter's former teammate, Paul O'Neill, who had his own day last month.

"I'm kind of anxious to see what happens myself," O'Neill said. "Jete's such a pro at that kind of stuff now, anyway. It's not like he's uncomfortable in any situation. He's pretty much done everything he could on the field. I mean, I looked at a highlight the other day when he was dedicating the old stadium to the new stadium. He's been through it all."

O'Neill said he had butterflies before his day.

"It's an unbelievable experience, believe me," he said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be standing at a podium saying thank you to the fans. But I was very glad that I got the opportunity because the fans here have been unbelievable to me. To sit and look and have your kids out on the field with you, it definitely means a lot."

Said manager Joe Girardi: "I'm sure it'll be special. I look forward to Sunday."

Jeter's final regular-season home game will be Sept. 25. The Yankees close the regular season with three games in Boston.


Trainer's roomMartin Prado (hamstring) took batting practice and could rejoin the lineup Saturday. He hoped to be available to pinch hit Friday night but did not appear in the game . . . Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday . . . David Phelps (elbow) will throw a simulated game Sunday.