Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Derek Jeter throws out Yankees first pitch, tosses ball to Spike Lee

Derek Jeter throws out Yankees first pitch, tosses ball to Spike Lee

The Yankees retired the No. 2 for longtime shortstop Derek Jeter Sunday night but "The Captain" is already considering un-retiring his number for one special person.

"When I was younger, with Atlanta, I got a chance to play against him in Yankee Stadium, and that was awesome", McCann said. With Houston already possessing a two run lead, Alex Bregman, who wears No. 2 in honor of Jeter, would check in to the batter's box and connect for not only a grand slam, but his first home run of the season.???? to???? pic.twitter.com/KPb6XUtWQE - Houston Astros (@astros) May 15, 2017 However, the Yankees did not want to spoil Derek Jeter night. Then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter is said to have behind the switch.

The 14-time all-star helped guide the Yankees to seven World Series appearances and five world championships.

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 also given a framed replica of the plaque that will be placed in Monument Park.

Jeter didnt have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees.

Dario Alvarez (2-0) got the final outs of the seventh for the Rangers. That was the day Derek Jeter wanted and appropriate to also honor the Mom and Dad that were instrumental for all of this representation of a class act on and off the field, and with no controversy.

The Yankees announced the move Sunday.

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Jeter and Davis, who are expecting a baby girl, made a stunning pair at Yankee Stadium.

Announcers Michel Kay and John Sterling emceed the festivities, introducing his whole family with the crowd chanting a familiar roll call of 'De-reck Je-Ter!' Probably the last time in a long time before we see five more numbers retired and plaques unveiled in Monument Park.

Jeter sidestepped a pair of questions about his role in a group headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins.

The Astros scored six times while Jeter was giving his press conference about the ceremony.

Like Jeter, Ortiz is a future Hall of Famer and was as loved during his career in Boston as Jeter was in NY.

From the flip play to diving in the stands, from a leadoff home run in a World Series game to a walk-off victor in his final at-bat, Jeter always put his pieces together better than the rest of them. How can you blame him? I feel selfish saying that because, like I said, we were eliminated.

"You know, you play here in NY for 20 years", Jeter said. You dont come up requesting numbers when youre 20 years old, so I took what they gave me.”. "Thank you very much".

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