"From all of us up here, it's a huge honor to put this uniform on every day and come out here and play," Jeter said. "Every member of this organization, past and present, has been calling this place home for 85 years. There's a lot of tradition, a lot of history and a lot of memories. The great thing about memories is you're able to pass them along from generation to generation.
"Although things are going to change next year and we're going to move across the street, there are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change. That's pride, tradition, and most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world. We're relying on you to take the memories from this stadium and add them to the new memories we make at the new Yankee Stadium and continue to pass them on from generation to generation. We just want to take this moment to salute you, the greatest fans in the world."
The crowd erupted, cheering Jeter as he led his teammates around the field one last time. After the lap, players lingered on the field, not wanting to leave. Several collected dirt from the mound, others took pictures with family, friends and teammates, but every one of them seemed touched by Jeter's words.
"He represents everything that it is to be a Yankee," Jason Giambi said. "From Joe D to Mickey, he represents the pinstripes."