Yankee captain Derek Jeter was greeted by balloons and silver tinsel decorating the parking-lot fence when he arrived at the team's minor league complex on his birthday Wednesday.
The Bronx baller turned 39 amid ongoing rehab for a broken left ankle, an injury originally sustained last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener.
A group of around 30 fans and autograph dealers held homemade signs wishing the shortstop a happy birthday, and they cheered when Jeter drove into the complex.
U.S. Coast Guard veteran Juan Rivero brought an oversized birthday card, calling Jeter "the greatest player of my generation."
Jeter smiled and waved as he walked into the clubhouse.