At the end of his speech, in front of his soon-to-be-larger-by-one family, Jeter talked about how lucky he was to be part of the Yankees family.
The New York Yankees have added another number to the legends enshrined at Monument Park.
The New York Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's number on Sunday. Jeter was also given a framed replica of the plaque that will be placed in Monument Park during an emotional ceremony that took place prior to the Yankees game against the Houston Astros.
A 14-time All-Star, Jeter played his entire 20-year career with the Yankees and was a key contributor to five World Series championships. We all know that Derek Jeter played the game fair and it has been written many times about that respect and how everyone wanted to be the next Jeter in NY or with another team.
Jeter ranks at the top of the Yankees' all-time list in hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases, hit-by-pitches, at-bats and games played.
'There isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever, ' he explained.
He rode to the infield in a golf cart as Frank Sinatras version of My Way was played.
A model of consistency with an even-keeled deportment and the confidence of a natural leader, Jeter became the face of the team and in 2003 was named 11th captain in franchise history. "I'm not comparing it to the last couple of seasons, you know how I feel about that". The 23-year-old third baseman, who made his big league debut last year, viewed the tribute from Houston's dugout. The Yankees had just retired his iconic No. 2.
Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, Jeter said. "I think sometimes stories and people get ahead of themselves, and there was a story that got way ahead of themselves a few weeks back". Second, in his final career at-bat at Yankee Stadium, Jeter won the game with a walk-off RBI single to right field against the Orioles. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
"Derek meant so much to all of us in different ways, and so much to me as a teammate and a manager", Girardi said.
My question to any Boston fan that hates Jeter is why and how can you hate this guy?