"Every time I come in here I still get goose bumps. This is my very first opening day so it's going to be special, but to know it's the last one in this Stadium and knowing what's gone into this building, that's really special. To have your name called here on opening day will be amazing."
- Joba Chamberlain
"To be the Opening Day starter is the best birthday gift I could have."
- Chien-Ming Wang
"This is a great experience to be part of. So many wonderful things have happened in this ballpark. At the same time, you look across the street and it lessens the sadness about this because that place is going to be more old school than this with all the amenities. I'm more excited about that opening than sad about the closing of this place. It's going to have all the tradition and it's up to us to make sure the winning tradition continues."
"We're hoping to rock the house for one more season before it's done, or someone's going to rock my house."
- Brian Cashman
"It's an honor for everyone on this team to be here for the last one. It's going to be a special day. I really can't believe it's here. People ask about the new stadium, but I still can't picture us going over there."
"It's going to be a special year. . . . There's always optimism going into a new season. Obviously this year some things are different, but everyone here is excited."
"I say it every year that the only goal is to win the World Series, but it would be special to do it this season with the Stadium closing. I think we're all aware of that and what it would mean."
- Derek Jeter
"It's very cool to be part of this, to have that experience to look back on some day. I feel fortunate that after all these years it's been here, I'm starting my career at a time where I get to see it one last time."
- Phil Hughes
"As corny as this sounds, this is one of those times you don't appreciate now or in the moment because you're so focused on the present, but it's something down the road that you know you'll look back on and remember forever."
- Shelley Duncan
"I'm excited about this club. I like the character of this club and I like the heart of this club. They showed me that in spring training and I was very proud of them . . . their work ethic.
"Whenever you have a change, there are going to be things that are done a little bit different. They embraced it and did it with open arms, and for that I'm thankful.""I'm sure there will be butterflies. I'm sure I'll be nervous and very excited. I've looked forward to this date for a long time."
- Joe Girardi
"I think the way this team has come together during the spring, and the way Girardi wants us to play, I think this whole year is going to be pretty emotional. Putting the pinstripes on, and in front of these fans, and what the Yankees mean . . . hopefully we can close out this season and the Stadium with a very positive feeling."
- Johnny Damon
"They won it the first year the Stadium was opened. We should do the same thing for the last season."
- Derek Jeter