The New York Yankees retire Derek Jeter's No. 2

And the other youngsters are beginning to make this an exciting season in the Bronx with Brett Gardner a Yankee who has the honor of having the longest tenure, and knows something about the mindset that Jeter brought and meant to the Yankees.

Fans roared in delight at the procession of Yankee favorites that helped salute Jeter as the Astros players lined the railing in front of the visitors' dugout to take in the tribute.

George Springer led off the game with a drive into Monument Park just after Jeter's number was retired there in a pregame ceremony.

Jeter didn't have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees.

When asked by a reporter if he was ready for "the challenges of being a dad", Jeter got refreshingly candid.

Jeter recalled flashing back to the plaques of teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte unveiled in recent years. "I was happy with mine". A recording played of PA announcer Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter, who then took the mic. Mr. November In the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeter hits a homerun minutes after the clock struck midnight and earned the iconic nickname "Mr. November.' 4) 3,000th Hit On July 9, 2011, Jeter hit his 3,000th hit in a game with a homer".

"I'll be will eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankee family", he said. So I can't thank you guys enough. And I say this very humbly, that there isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever. The plaque is a replica of the one in Monument Park.

"The Captain" will go down in history.

Jeter finished his career with a.310 career average and sixth all-time in hits.

“Having five people from that group is kind of hard to believe, ” Jeter said. “When I came here, Jim Leyritz had it. "There's so much about him that doesn't show up in the stats".

Of course, you can't honor a legendary baseball player without giving him a bunch of expensive gifts.

He did it with unwavering belief in his skill and unnatural calm under pressure.

Turns out there's one thing Derek Jeter isn't supremely confident in!

"I was always the youngest", Jeter said, "so I figured I'd be last".

"I played here for 20 years and I learned that time flies and that memories fade, but family is forever", Jeter told the sold-out crowd of 48,000 that frequently broke into a familiar "Der-ek Je-ter" chant that rocked Yankee Stadium.

  • Salvatore Jensen