Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Derek Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yankees in pregame ceremony

Derek Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yankees in pregame ceremony

Before Jeter threw the first pitch against the Houston Astros, he took a few moments to address the crowd during the dedication ceremony in honor of his almost-two-decade career with the legendary franchise (he retired in 2014).

The captain drew higher television ratings than his former Boss.

"I got a chance to play for a first-class organisation and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports", Jeter said. YES said it was the most-viewed network in New York's designated market area for each quarter hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Jeter, who grew up in Kalamazoo dreaming of being the shortstop for the New York Yankees, is the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired and spent all 20 of his Major League Baseball seasons in New York. The sculpture on Jeter's Monument Park plaque actually looks like Jeter.

According to, Jeter - who's expecting his first child with wife Hannah Davis - candidly laughed that no, he's not really ready. "So I thought it would be nice to have this special day on Mother's Day to honor her and all that she's meant not only to my career, but she helped shape who I am today".

“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. "I wouldn't say I was in bad (condition) but I deserved to be booed considering the way I pitched today".

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"There's rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2", Jeter said.

"They were here for his last game here, and if you had to write a book, I'm sure that's how it would end", Springer smiled.

Carlos Beltran added an RBI double and Carlos Correa lifted a sacrifice fly as Houston improved to 11-3 in its last 14 games.

Jeter was referring to a premature report by Bloomberg that stated the group he led along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had already won the auction to negotiate the purchase of the Marlins. Absolutely nothing, ” he said.

Hall of Famer Joe Torre called Jeter the greatest player he ever managed. Eventually nothing is next because you're retired, but we all had those same mindsets and that's why I think we had success.

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