Jeter eventually made his way onto the field where he got a close look at the plaque the Yankees have dedicated to Monument Park in his honor.
It was Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, as the New York Yankees welcomed back franchise icon Derek Jeter for elaborate pre-game ceremony in which they retired his no. 2, unveiled his plaque in their famed Monument Park, and lavished The Captain with gifts.More news: Assange will continue battle to clear his name
'When you play here in NY for 20 years, I learned that the time flies, memories fade, but the family is forever. "And I'll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family".
The 42-year-old was feted in an emotional ceremony before a star-studded group, including family, former teammates and other Major League Baseball legends.More news: U.S. should not stockpile cyber weapons, Microsoft says
Jeter's records with the team include but aren't limited to five World Series championships, an 11-year run as team captain, 14 All-Star games, 3,465 hits and numerous awards. Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees.
"I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable, but more importantly, for embracing me since day one", Jeter said off the cuff.More news: Rod Rosenstein: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump wanted James Comey gone
'There isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever, ' he explained.
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