New York Yankees honor ex-captain Derek Jeter on Hall of Fame induction

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time in five years and was honored for his induction into the Hall of Fame two years ago.

With his Hall plaque on a stand in front of the pitcher’s mound, Jeter addressed Tampa Bay at the end of a 27-minute ceremony before Friday night’s game.

“I was born in New Jersey. I grew up in Kalamazoo. I live down in Miami now,” he said near the end of his four-minute speech. “But right here in front of you, with you, I really feel at home.”

Jeter led the Yankees to five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star in a 20-year career that ended in 2014. He was inducted into the Cooperstown Hall after being selected on 396 of 397 ballots.

Jeter’s No. 2 was retired by the Yankees during a ceremony in May 2017 when a plaque honoring him was unveiled in Monument Park. He was CEO of the Miami Marlins from September 2017 to February 2022

Ex-teammates CC Sabathia, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were each announced individually, followed by Jeter’s former manager and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Torre.

“When they were kids, this was one of the faces of baseball on the most iconic team,” said current Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

After the guests were introduced, a video narrated by actor Billy Crystal was shown on the midfield panel. Accompanied by his wife and three daughters, Jeter emerged from the tunnel behind the left-center field wall on a cart that followed the warning trail along the right field line to the Yankees’ dugout before turning onto the field.

During the drive, Jeter and his two oldest daughters, 5-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Story, waved to the crowd while 9-month-old River sat on mom Hannah’s lap and the guest of honor lip-synched “thank you” several times The vast majority of the fans in the stadium stayed on their feet the entire time, shouting “De-rek Jeter!”

“As the crowd chanted my name I tried to explain to my two eldest, obviously not the 9 month old, but I tried to explain to them what was going on because I thought they might be a little scared or intimidated by it the noise,” Jeter said.

While Story and Bella stood behind him, jumping and kicking in the dirt, Jeter addressed his daughters by saying, “I told you this place was special.”

Jeter later said he told the two they would get ice cream if they stayed in their seats during the speech.

“They lost a deal,” he quipped.

Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner, who was booed by the crowd, presented Jeter with a check for $222,222.22 to the Turn 2 Foundation.

“They’re all booing here. I’ve been booed before,” Jeter later said. “Yankee fans, we’ve all been spoiled, haven’t we? I mean, we’ve had a lot of success throughout my career, the last 20 years, there’s been a lot of success and Yankee fans expect excellence.”

At the old Yankee Stadium across from 161st Street, Jeter told then-President George W. Bush that he had better throw his ceremonial first pitch out of the rubber or the crowd would boo. Jeter, now 48, ignored his own advice by throwing his first pitch in front of the mound.

“They started booing me as I walked in front of the hill. I haven’t thrown a baseball since I threw the first pitch in 2017,” Jeter said. “I was a little scared I was going to bounce it off.” New York Yankees honor ex-captain Derek Jeter on Hall of Fame induction

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