ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ( - It was the type of ceremony Don Zimmer would have loved.

There were his family and closest friends. There were the players and coaches he tried to mentor. Mostly, there were the fans, the people who adored him, who stopped him in the streets, who asked for a photo or an autograph, who felt he was one of them.

The baseball life of Zimmer, the Rays’ senior adviser, longtime major-league manager and sports icon who died Wednesday night at age 83, was celebrated Saturday afternoon before TampaBay’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field.

Players and coaches from the Rays and Mariners assembled along the base-lines and wore replicas of Zimmer’s No. 23 jersey with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Former managers Joe Torre, Jim Leyland, Tommy Lasorda and Lou Piniella, along with former first baseman Tino Martinez, were on hand.

There were video tributes from Rays players, former Rays pitcher James Shields, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

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