The New York Yankees are planning to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey between games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Houston Astros. He will have his number two retired and will receive a plaque in Monument Park.
Derek Jeter is introduced as the New York Yankees honor the 1996 World Series team at Yankee Stadium.
A bronze plaque commemorating his career was placed in Monument Park along with his pinstriped No. 2 behind the fence in center field, a foreshadowing of the ceremony anticipated for Jeter at Cooperstown's Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible. The world famous shortstop, who retired in 2014, played for the New York Yankees for TWENTY seasons, reaching a batting average of 0.310 and scoring 260 home runs total.
Jordan published a letter to Jeter in The Players' Tribune as a way to honor Jeter's legacy, which will be cemented Sunday when his number is retired at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankee stadium serenaded Jeter with cheers and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as he walked onto the field with his wife Hannah Davis, who is now pregnant with their first child. And I say this very humbly, there isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever.
There was the famous old line from Joe DiMaggio, DiMaggio thanking the Good Lord for making him a Yankee. "When you have this dream of playing baseball and playing for the Yankees, having your number retired is never part of it".
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At his first big league camp in 1994, he was given No. 74.
Houston took a 6-4 lead in the seventh against Adam Warren (1-0), but NY came right back in the bottom half when Holliday hit a run-scoring infield single against Will Harris (1-1) and Castro tied it with an opposite-field double to right off Devenski.
A host of former team mates and coaches attended the ceremony before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, including Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, and his former manager Joe Torre. He was the most important Yankee, in all the big ways, since Babe Ruth.
The Yankees will also play the Astros Sunday. He wasn't the most talented player, both offensively and defensively, but for some reason, you wanted the ball hit to him and you wanted him to be at the plate.
"And then I said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I can't thank you guys enough". He remembers watching Jeter's dramatic final at-bat at Yankee Stadium on television surrounded by about two dozen friends who had packed into his LSU dorm room. "I think any time Derek comes back, it's special, but this will be more meaningful, I think, and I think we're all looking forward to it". Jeter was a No. 13 much of the time in the minor leagues.
Then, of course, there are the playoffs, where Jeter shined more than nearly anyone.
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