SEATTLE — That promotional schedule the Mariners put out billed Thursday as the night when 30,000 Macklemore bobblehead dolls would be distributed. And they were.
There was no mention, though, of staging what amounted to a Derek Jeter tribute for his final career appearance at Safeco Field. The Mariners kept the lid on those plans prior to their 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Jeter singled and scored in his first two at-bats. He drove in two runs with a single in his third at-bat and walked in his fourth plate appearance. The crowd of 40,596 stood and applauded when he came to the plate in the ninth.
And loud boos rolled down when Jeter was called out at first on a close play. His sharp grounder back to the mound struck lefty reliever Charlie Furbush on the right wrist, but Furbush retrieved the ball in time to get out.
Then more cheers as Jeter trotted back to the dugout.
It was quite a show and, just maybe, it atones for 0-for-5 the Mariners hung on Jeter in his big-league debut on May 29, 1995 at the Kingdome. Jeter was 7-for-12 in helping the Yankees sweep the three-game series.
Not that it was just Jeter.