The Jeter ceremony was short. He didn’t speak. But Mariano Rivera did. Jeter received a standing ovation, then an engraved Waterford crystal vase and a 14-carat No. 2 ring with 50 diamonds from the Yankees. Plus, his teammates presented him with a stainless steel sculpture, commissioned by CC and Posada. It’s 225 pounds. It shows him tipping his helmet, with 3000 at the base of the sculpture, as far as I could see from up here in the press box. It was on the back of a cart.
His dad, mom and sister were out there with him. Dad also got the ring and his mom and sister received pendants.
“Thank God for giving me an opportunity to play with a terrific player like Derek,” Rivera told the crowd. “Jete, I love you, continue, and God bless you and God bless your family.”