Derek Jeter Feted By Celebrities, Fans After Winning Last Home Game Before Retirement

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O Captain! My Captain! How we’ll miss thee.

Derek Jeter made his last home game count before retiring as he got the game-winning hit for the New York Yankees in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, Sept. 25. The 20-year baseball veteran was honored with a painting and watch by his teammates prior to the 6-5 win, and admitted that it was difficult hiding his emotions throughout the bittersweet Bronx match.

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Jeter's family and girlfriend Hannah Davis

Jeter’s family and girlfriend Hannah Davis
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Jeter choked back tears as he acknowledged his former Yankees manager Joe Torre — calling him a second father — and thanked the fans during an interview with the YES Network following the game. He took a lap around the bases by himself waving to the 40,000 plus people in the crowd and stopped to squat down and pray at shortstop.

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“I don’t know how I played this game. I went up the first time and forgot my elbow guard. I was throwing balls away. I was giving signs when no one was on base. I was all messed up,” Jeter, 40, told YES on the field. “These last few weeks have gotten tougher and tougher. But it’s been all worthwhile. This was a lot of fun.”

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Jeter's nephew Jalen

Jeter’s nephew Jalen

The No. 2 shortstop then embraced his father Sanderson, mother Dorothy, sister Sharlee, his 2-year-old nephew Jalen, and model girlfriend Hannah Davis. Moments earlier, Jalen sweetly tipped his Yankees cap in honor of his famous uncle.

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Read how some celebrities paid their re2pects to the Hall of Fame athlete below:

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