New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter speaks to the fans alongside his daughters Bella, left, and Story as he is honored by the New York Yankees before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 09, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Yankees honored the legacy of Derek Jeter, and his induction to the Hall of Fame two years ago, at Yankee Stadium prior to New York’s 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. It was a long time coming for Jeter and the Yanks.

For starters the Yankees couldn’t hold the ceremony — which was two years in the making — because of COVID, as well as Jeter’s commitment to as front office executive with the Miami Marlins. Now was the perfect time to welcome back a man who was the face of the franchise for a quarter century from the mid-1990s through the mid-2010’s.

Derek Jeter Ceremony

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter (3rd from right) poses for a photograph with his Hall of Fame plague along with former teammates, from left, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, former manager Joe Torre, Andy Pettitte and Tino Martinez before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 09, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Jeter was honored prior to the game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jeter’s era in pinstripes defined a generation. Five world Series titles, a propensity to come up big in the clutch in October. Jeter defined what it was like to be a Yankee.

He was joined by fellow teammates CC Sabathia, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera. His former manager, Joe Torre was also on hand for the festivities.

  • "I was born in New Jersey...."

    Jeter addressed the fans with a short and poignant speech about how the Bronx will always be home for him.

  • Derek Jeter's Entrance to the Stadium.

  • Familiar Faces Return

    Earlier this year when the Yankees held Old Timer’s Day, there was something missing. This more than made up for it.

  • Meanwhile the Struggles Continue for the 2022 Yankees

    It wasn’t that long ago when the Yankees held a 15 game lead over Tampa Bay. Now that lead is down to two games in the loss column. the Rays won 4-2 last night, with Frankie Montas once again struggling on the mound for the Bombers. He gave up four runs, both two-run doubles as the Rays put New York in a 4-0 hole.

    They never recovered.  The Yankees inability to hit in the clutch, coupled with fans continued ire with outfielder Aaron Hicks, who misplayed a ball in the outfield is only getting magnified by the day.

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