The New York Yankees have added another number to the legends enshrined at Monument Park.
On Sunday, the team honored shortstop and longtime captain Derek Jeter who retired after 20-years and five World Series rings. His No. 2 was retired in a pregame series and he will now join the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris in Yankees lore.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 15, 2017
The New York Post reports “Derek Jeter to exploding Yankee Stadium: Thank you”:
Derek Jeter entered to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and exited to Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best.” In between, he was serenaded with “Der-ek, Je-ter” chants as he was surrounded by family and Yankees royalty.
His No. 2 jersey retirement went just as expected, featuring perfect weather despite earlier rain following a come-from-behind Yankees victory in front of a capacity Stadium crowd Sunday. Jeter aptly closed the ceremony in style, with an understated yet resounding speech to his adoring fans, as if he was lining a single to right field with his trademark inside-out swing.
“I was asked recently if I could trade places with one person, who would it be?” Jeter said during his speech between games of the Yankees-Astros doubleheader. “There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with — that played now, or ever.”
The Yankees went on to lose the game to the Houston Astros 10-7 but it was Jeter’s night, a tribute to a whale of a career that will almost certainly end with an induction the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jeter is the Yankees’ career leader in hits (3,465), games played (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) AND those five World Series titles.