Mar 29, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) is given the Key to the City of Tampa at home plate before a scheduled spring training exhibition game against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field was rained out. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Jeter honored in ceremony before final spring training game (Video)


The farewell tour of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter began today as the retiring player was honored prior to the start of his final spring training game earlier today.

Video Courtesy: MLB.com

Jeter received a key to the city of Tampa as fireworks went off in the distance and a big ovation from the stands as they said goodbye to the future Hall of Famer who is going to have a number of farewell moments in cities across the country this year.

Last year it was Mariano Rivera who received gifts and other acknowledgements from rival teams across Major League Baseball when he announced he was retiring and this year it’ll be Jeter who baseball lavishes with gifts.

Jeter was out of action for much of last season, so here’s to him staying healthy and going out on top where the five-time World Series champion has been since he set foot on the diamond years ago.

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