After the ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Jeter's biggest fan, five-year-old nephew Jalen, asked "Uncle Derek" an important question in the most adorable way.
Jeter became the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired, and his No. 2 will now be immortalised in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, alongside Babe Ruth's No. 3 and Lou Gehrig's No. 4.
Jeter spent each of his 20 major league seasons with the Yankees, helping the team win five World Series titles. Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees.
Jeter didn't have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees.
"I'll be will eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankee family", he said.
On the infield grass, the team unveiled a plaque for Derek Sanderson Jeter, with broadcaster Michael Kay listing off his many accomplishments.
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. Back-to-back home runs off Masahiro Tanaka and at that time, Jeter, who will always be a Yankees captain was addressing the media in a press conference room that is situated a few steps away from the home clubhouse. The days of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera have now turned into the days of Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, and Dellin Betances, all of which, would have trouble in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the visiting Houston Astros.
"I might have gotten emotional, but we were back there joking and having a good time with my family", he said.
Jeter sidestepped a pair of questions about his role in a group headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins. Then again, these were the Joe Torre managed championship teammates and those were players who came to the ballpark to win. I feel selfish saying that because, like I said, we were eliminated. Final at-bat ever in the Bronx and Jeter pulls that off?
"It was one of the highlights of my career to play with him, even for just a couple months", Headley said, "and I think one of the things I took from him was just how much fun he had playing the game". He wasn't the most talented player, both offensively and defensively, but for some reason, you wanted the ball hit to him and you wanted him to be at the plate. "I can't thank you guys enough".