Derek Jeter already had been honored at ballparks across the country throughout this season, the last of his legendary career. On Sunday afternoon, it was Yankees fans' turn to celebrate the future Hall of Fame shortstop on "Derek Jeter Day" at Yankee Stadium.
On Sunday, the Yankees and their fans said thanks to Derek Jeter, an icon who delivered again and again, and who was beloved as much for his decency off the field as his greatness on it.
Michael Jordan was one of the surprise guests for Derek Jeter's on-field ceremony on Sunday, walking out of the first-base dugout after Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Dave Winfield were introduced. Having tracked Jeter's career over the past two decades and enjoyed common ground as a leading Nike pitchman with the captain, Jordan has grown to become a big fan of Jeter's.
Derek Jeter's teammates came up with their own way to recognize the Yankees' captain on his day, allowing the shortstop to take the field by himself prior to the game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium.
All 48,110 fans stood and cheered on Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon, honoring the longtime Yankees captain during a special pregame ceremony and tribute. Every Royals player and coach did the exact same thing.
The Yankees announced on Tuesday that they plan to wear a patch depicting Derek Jeter's final season logo on the left sleeve of their uniform and cap. The patch will be worn by the team from Sunday through the end of the 2014 season.
The Blue Jays presented Derek Jeter with a vacation package to Canada's west coast as a retirement gift prior to Sunday's series finale.
Derek Jeter's farewell tour continued Friday when the Yankees made their final visit of the 2014 regular season to Toronto, marking the last time the shortstop will play at Rogers Centre.
They stood, a crowd of 42,647 strong, as Derek Jeter stepped into the batter's box on Thursday for his final regular-season at-bat in the state of Michigan.
Another ritual in the march of Derek Jeter's final season occurred Wednesday night at Comerica Park as the Tigers honored the retiring Yankees shortstop. The ceremony begged the question: Who is going to take Jeter's place as baseball's primary role model, as the game's unofficial, but leading ambassador to the rest of humanity?
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