Watch New York Yankees Retire Derek Jeter's Number

Derek Jeter

Jeter added another terrific pressure-packed performance to his resume Sunday night when he calmly and coolly thanked George Steinbrenner, the Yankees organization, his former teammates and the fans in an unscripted speech.

The 42-year-old was feted in an emotional ceremony before a star-studded group, including family, former teammates and other Major League Baseball legends.

The New York Yankees officially ran out of single digit numbers Sunday night.

"I played here for 20 years and I learned that time flies and that memories fade, but family is forever", Jeter told the sold-out crowd of 48,000 that frequently broke into a familiar "Der-ek Je-ter" chant that rocked Yankee Stadium.

"Playing here in NY for 20 years, I learned that time flies, memories fade but family is forever", Jeter said. "I was asked recently by someone, they said, 'If you could change places with one person, who would it be?' And I say this very humbly, there isn't a person or player I would trade places with as playing now or ever".

“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.

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A host of former team mates and coaches attended the ceremony before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, including Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, and his former manager Joe Torre.

On the infield grass, the Yankees unveiled the plaque for Derek Sanderson Jeter, with broadcaster Michael Kay listing off his many accomplishments - the 3,465 hits, the 14 All-Star Games, the five World Series rings.

“Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, ” Jeter said.

Jeter didnt have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees.

He is the team's career leader in hits, games played, at-bats, doubles and stolen bases, and retired as the team's longest run captain.

"There's rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2", Jeter said. That distinction is how that era of Yankees fans was symbolic of what Derek Jeter meant. "He's one of the game's greatest, and I was lucky enough to play his last season with him". "Every kid growing up in my time always followed Jeter", Castro said.

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