Ben Affleck took the stage at the 2015 ESPYS to honor the retired New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter, with the Icon Award.
The 42-year-old actor looked strapping as he delivered a memorable speech about the athlete, all while wearing his wedding ring, despite announcing his split from Jennifer Garner two weeks ago.
Ben and Derek at the ESPYS on July 15.
“If you’re from Boston you always wanted to hate our next honoree,” the father-of-three said of Jeter during his speech. “There was something about him that made the boos ring a little hollow. Maybe it was his inimitable class, maybe it was he won with dignity and loss with grace, maybe it was simply that we knew, no matter what, he was a winner regardless.”
“He broke my heart a hundred times, if not more,” he continued. “He broke it again when he retired because he was absolutely one of the very best to ever play the game of baseball. So to you, Derek Jeter, I tip my hat and thank you for every last moment of your incredible career.”