Derek Jeter showered with cheers at Yankees’ Hall of Fame tribute: ‘It feels good to be back’

NEW ONESYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

It’s been years since Derek Jeter stood at Yankee Stadium with screaming fans cheering him on. That all changed during his Hall of Fame tribute ceremony Friday night.

Jeter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in September 2021, although he was elected in 2020. All but one of the baseball writers voted for him.

Back in the Bronx felt like coming home, Jeter said.

“As you all know, I was born in New Jersey. I grew up in Kalamazoo. I now live in Miami. But here, for you, with you, is where I really feel at home,” he said.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter (3rd from right) poses for a photo with his Hall of Fame plaque along with former teammates, from left, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, former manager Joe Torre, Andy Pettitte and Tino Martinez for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“It feels good to be back. I’ll tell you.’

DEREK JETER Talk About YANKEES’ LATE SEASON SKID, IF ANY OTHER SUBWAY WORLD SERIES IS ON THE HORIZON

Jeter was typically candid. And he thanked Hal Steinbrenner and the Steinbrenner family, although booing from fans ensued.

Jeter also spoke with fellow Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Tino Martinez, CC Sabathia and Joe Torre, who were there to honor The Captain. He was also surrounded by his family, including two of his three daughters.

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter throws out the ceremonial first pitch as Frankie Montas of the New York Yankees watches before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2022 in the Bronx.

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter throws out the ceremonial first pitch as Frankie Montas of the New York Yankees watches before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2022 in the Bronx.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“I think one thing you can’t do enough of is thank people, be courteous and be thankful,” Jeter said.

YANKEES’ OSWALDO CABRERA BECOMES 4TH PLAYER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY SINCE 1961 TO REACH MILELINE AFTER WALK-OFF

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend 23 years in professional baseball – all at one organization. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play with so many great players, coaches and managers. The guys who are here today and those who were unable to make it.”

As he finished his speech, Jeter noted that he would like to visit New York more often.

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter addresses fans with his daughter Bella as he is honored by the New York Yankees for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2022 in the Bronx.

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter addresses fans with his daughter Bella as he is honored by the New York Yankees for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2022 in the Bronx.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“I know you haven’t seen much of me in the past few years for various reasons. But I’m really looking forward to hopefully seeing a lot more of you in the near future,” he said.