Jeter's No 2 retired by Yanks; Monument Park plaque unveiled

Posted May 15, 2017

When Jorge had his, he had the big ears. Jeter is his idol, too, he said.

Yankees: After day off, CC Sabathia (2-2) starts Tuesday at Kansas City. To them, Jeter was a creation of NY hype, but those who knew the shortstop best told you Jeter had the ability to make others around him play at a higher level. "And I'll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankee family". Anyway, I give the edge to the Yankees because they have Tanaka on the mound, a guy who has pitched very well at home in his career and has gotten double-digit ground balls in each of his last five starts. Among all shortstops in the last 60 years, Jeter is second to only Alex Rodriguez with a.377 on-base percentage, and his.310 batting average falls behind only Nomar Garciaparra, who played almost half as many games as the Yankee captain. I think on behalf of all the fans probably here today, for the way that you represented yourself, represented the Yankee organization, the way you played the game, the way you treated the fans speaks volumes of who you are. "De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter!", Jeter had the honor of unveiling his No. 2 plaque in Monument Park. The honor cements the captain's legacy as one of the team - and sport's - greatest players.

Jeter chose Mother's Day for the occasion, and he was accompanied by his grandmother, his mother and father, sister and pregnant wife, Hannah.

And what he did across those two decades in pinstripes was the story everyone wanted to celebrate Sunday, how a kid who never had the strongest arm or the fastest bat or the quickest feet could manage to put it all together and become not simply the best player on his team, but one of the franchise's all-time greats. There are a lot more numbers than that with him. Jeter was the star of all of them. "He played the game the right away and obviously off the field he was a great guy, as well".

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He did it with unwavering belief in his skill and unnatural calm under pressure.

He said, "I got to be the shortstop of the New York Yankees, and there's only one of those". (Their brown lab is named Koufax.) As an LSU freshman Bregman actually met Jeter a tailgate before an LSU-Alabama football game but only for a quick hello.

"If you ever needed a big hit, especially in the post-season, those were hard at-bats, big at-bats", Pettitte told reporters. "They'd say, 'Hey, you've got homework to do".

A 14-time All-Star, Jeter played his entire 20-year career with the Yankees and was a key contributor to five World Series championships. Teammates loved him, current players revere him. As usual, Jeter came up big when it counted most. And that's fine. But Jeter was special in his own right. Jeter played the game with such class that even when he was getting big hits against the Sox in the playoffs, you would just sit there and tip your cap. If Jeter's career had begun 15 years later, his five Gold Glove awards probably wouldn't exist. Make sure I'm on a tight schedule and make sure I don't miss anything. Probably just as well: The Captain was never one for tears.