Before the Yankees' first game since the deaths of two of its legends— owner George Steinbrenner and public address announcer Bob Sheppard—the team said good-bye with tributes, a moment of silence, and, finally, two roses left at home plate by closer Mariano Rivera. Captain Derek Jeter told the crowd, "We gather to honor two men who are both shining stars in the Yankees' universe... Mr. George Steinbrenner and Mr. Bob Sheppard cared deeply about their responsibilities to this organization and to our fans, and for that will forever be remembered in baseball history and our hearts."

A trumpeter played Taps in the otherwise silent stadium (video) and even the Bleacher Creatures abstained from their first inning Roll Call. One 30-year-old fan told the Daily News about visiting the stadium when he was just 10 and seeing Steinbrenner, "I said, 'Nice to meet you, Mr. Steinbrenner.' And he said, 'You don't call me Mr. Steinbrenner. You call me George.'" Here's the video tribute to Sheppard and Steinbrenner (the crowd goes wild when Sheppard's voice is heard saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Yankee Stadium"):

Steinbrenner is being buried in Florida today in a private funeral. The Yankees are expected to reveal plans for public memorials in New York and Tampa on Monday.