Yankees Unveil Derek Jeter Plaque In Monument Park, And It Actually Looks Like Him (Videos)

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It was Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, as the New York Yankees welcomed back franchise icon Derek Jeter for elaborate pre-game ceremony in which they retired his no. 2, unveiled his plaque in their famed Monument Park, and lavished The Captain with gifts.

Here is the unveiling of the no. 2 plaque:

And here is the unveiling of the Monument Park plaque:

If Yankees fans were nervous about the unveiling of Jeter’s plaque, you can certainly understand why. Back in March the airport in Cristiano Ronaldo‘s home town in Portugal made a big to-do about the unveiling of a new sculpture of the soccer superstar, but the stunt backfired because the bust looked absolutely nothing like Ronaldo.

Fortunately, the Yankees got it right. The sculpture on Jeter’s Monument Park plaque actually looks like Jeter.

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Of course, you can’t honor a legendary baseball player without giving him a bunch of expensive gifts. So the Yankees did that too. They presented Jeter with a framed replica of his Monument Park plaque, a framed replica of his no. 2 plaque, a “career milestone ring,” and a monument park blazer—an idea credited to Carlos Beltran, who obviously got it from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Take a look:

After all that Jeter gave a speech, which was probably the classiest, most clutch speech in baseball history:

All in all, Sunday was a pretty good day to be Derek Jeter…just like pretty much every other day.

Hat Tip – [theScore]

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