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.
Former New York Yankees' Derek Jeter smiles during a ceremony retiring his number at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in New York.
Girardi was a part of Jeter's number retirement ceremony, joining several past Yankees greats on the field to witness Derek unveiling his plaque. Jeter played the game with such class that even when he was getting big hits against the Sox in the playoffs, you would just sit there and tip your cap.
Jeter will be the 22nd player to have his number retired by the Yankees.
Bregman homered just as Jeter was holding a news conference under the stands following the between-games ceremony, which came after the Yankees rallied for an 11-6 win in the opener.
Jeter is the type of player I'll one day tell my kids about - in the same way my grandfather spoke to my father about Joe DiMaggio - and my father to me about Mickey Mantle.
"I didn't get my job done, so they have all the right to boo me", Tanaka said through a translator. "Any time I'm unprepared, it makes me uncomfortable". Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees.
NY trailed 3-1 before Starlin Castro's tying, two-run homer off Mike Fiers in the fourth. While he might not have put up the gaudy power numbers that some others of his era did, Jeter's consistency puts him near the top of the list of players to ever man the position. I certainly appreciate his greatness and status as an all-time great player and Yankee, but I was always partial to Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. "It is interesting to me, though, that you're playing a team in Houston that you only host once during the regular season, and they have Carlos Beltran, who was pretty close with Derek, here for it". It remains to be seen what tally Jeter gets, but he will clearly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
However, there's also one big advantage that having Jeter as a teammate gave Girardi when he became Jeter's manager. "You felt it, he wanted to be the guy". "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".