The ceremony took place prior to the team's loss to the Houston Astros in front of some of the future Hall of Famer's former teammates, managers and coaches, starting outside Monument Park where the franchise unveiled his retired No. 2 while the sellout crowd chanted his name.
More than a dozen former New York Yankees, of course including the rest of the Core Four, were at Yankee Stadium Sunday night to see Derek Jeter get his No. 2 retired.
Along with honoring Jeter with a lengthy tribute video, the Yankees dedicated his number and his career accomplishments on a plaque at the Monument Park.
He was also a 14-time All-Star, won five Gold Gloves, was named the World Series MVP in 2000 and AL Rookie of the Year in 2016.
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Derek Jeter entered to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" and exited to Tina Turner's "Simply The Best".
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That Jeter belongs in Monument Park was a well-deserved, non-debatable foregone conclusion.
Prior to tonight's game against the Houston Astros, the Yankees retired Jeter's jersey, joining the likes of Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth. "You don't come up requesting numbers when you're 20 years old, so I took what they gave me". In fact, the only game that Jeter ever played in which the Yankees were mathematically out of playoff contention was his final home game in 2014, showing just how much Jeter was the quintessential superstar.
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And the other youngsters are beginning to make this an exciting season in the Bronx with Brett Gardner a Yankee who has the honor of having the longest tenure, and knows something about the mindset that Jeter brought and meant to the Yankees. I learned that time flies.
"My dad wore number 13 when he was playing at Fisk University in Tennessee, so at any point in my sports career I tried to get the number 13", Jeter said.
"I was always the youngest", Jeter said, "so I figured I'd be last".
"I've said this before, there is one thing that stands out of to me on the field". We went out there day in and day out trying to win, trying to do anything to help the team and more importantly trying to keep our jobs..
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