Watch New York Yankees Retire Derek Jeter's Number
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 13:28
Jeter, known as "The Captain" Some of the former Yankee greats such as David Cone, Joe Torre, Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neil were in attendance to experience "Mr. November" being recognized while joining an elite class of some of baseball's most immortal players.
Springer led off with a drive run into Monument Park just after Jeter's No. 2 was retired there in a pregame ceremony, and Bregman capped a six-run first inning with a grand slam that propelled the Houston Astros to a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night and a doubleheader split.
Sunday finally became the day Yankee fans had been predicting and expecting since the turn of the century; Derek Jeter taking his rightful place in amongst the Yankee legends in Monument Park.
Jeter spent each of his 20 major league seasons with the Yankees, helping the team win five World Series titles.
No. 2 is the 21st number retired by the franchise and is the final single digit to be honored by the Yankees.
Fortunately, the Yankees got it right.
I want to thank my family for their love, support, honesty and more importantly their presence at everything I did both on and off the field, he said during a three-minute speech that ended the 40-minute ceremony.
Jeter began the ceremony with his family in Monument Park and didnt see the clips. "And the reason why I say that is because I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports".
Don Mattingly, who was captain of the Yankees before Jeter, spoke on the huge video board in center field and congratulated Jeter.
"When you play here in NY for 20 years, I learned that the time flies, memories fade, but the family is forever", he said. The Yankees gave Jeter framed replicas of his retired number and plaque, according to ESPN, as well as a 14-karat white gold ring with a list of his accomplishments.
"There's rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2", Jeter said. It was Jeter, along with a core group of Yankees, that helped bring five championships to the Bronx. This is one of those special days that you'll never forget. Jeter was a No. 13 much of the time in the minor leagues. Jeter is reportedly teaming with Jeb Bush in trying to buy the Miami Marlins, whom Mattingly manages. "The house Jeter built", said another, echoing the nickname for the old Yankee Stadium as "The House that Ruth built".