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Derek Jeter gives emotional speech as Yankees retire No. 2 jersey

19 May 2017

During the ceremony, the current Yankees and Astros were situated in the dugout, many hanging over the railing to get a better look.

Bernie Williams. Paul O'Neill. Jorge Posada. Joe Torre. The sculpture on Jeter's Monument Park plaque actually looks like Jeter.

George Springer and Alex Bregman paid tribute to Derek Jeter in their own way - with memorable first-inning home runs off Masahiro Tanaka.

The Astros' Carlos Beltran, a teammate of Jeter's on the Yankees, handed Jeter his blazer. Jeter said he chose this day to receive the honor because he wanted to highlight his mother's and his family's contribution to his success. "It's a moment I'll never forget".

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"I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports", Jeter said. But more importantly for embracing me since Day 1.

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Jeter is also an impending father. His grandmother, parents, sister, nephew and pregnant wife joined him for the ceremony, and he laughed when he saw the plaque, which reads “DEREK SANDERSON JETER/THE CAPTAIN/”MR.

Later, Jeter was asked about becoming a father for the first time at the age of 42. First up, however, is the Derek Jeter jersey retirement ceremony. The Yankees had just retired his iconic No. 2.

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Sticking to the emotional script written across the long, glorious expanse of his Yankee career, Jeter managed to deflect the deeper side of his emotional soul, maintaining the singular brand of cool that came to define his pinstriped life, going for humor when tears threatened to move in, hitting just the right note in his on-field speech to the sold-out stands. In the postseason - with the pressure ratcheted up in every at-bat - he hit.308 with an.838 OPS. "So, I'm excited, but at the same time I'm nervous". Anytime I'm unprepared it makes me uncomfortable. "Thank you very much".

"Obviously I didn't know then that I would be coming here at the time, but I think it was really special for me to do that", Castro said.

Something tells us he'll be all right. It was Jeter, along with a core group of Yankees, that helped bring five championships to the Bronx.

YES's coverage from 6-7:30 p.m. averaged 724,000 viewers, the network said Monday, with 952,000 tuning in from 7:15-7:30 p.m., when Jeter gave his speech to the Yankee Stadium crowd.

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He called Jeter's celebration "perfect", adding, "He deserves it, man".

Derek Jeter gives emotional speech as Yankees retire No. 2 jersey