Derek Jeter’s Legacy Is Engraved At Yankee Staduim
“Now Batting…Number two…Derek Jeter…Number two.” Those were the famous words spoken every time former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter would come up to bat.
On this past Mother’s day, Jeter’s number was retired. He was alongside his wife, his grandmother, parents, sister, and nephew. Seven of his former teammates, Mariano Rivera, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams were also there supporting him. He is the last Yankees player to wear a single-digit number jersey. Some of the other players wearing a single digit for the Yankees to have their number retired include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle.
Jeter spoke without a script during the ceremony, which was in between a double-header with the Houston Astros due to a rain cancellation. The Yankees specifically chose that day, dubbing it “Derek Jeter Night”, specifically because two games were being played that day. “There isn’t a person who I would trade places with who are playing now or ever. The reason I say that is because I got to play for a first class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports,” he told the fans.
Derek Jeter was the captain of the Yankees for twelve seasons, earning five World Series titles, an overall .310 batting average, and a New York-record 3,465 hits. He is now the twenty-second player to have his number retired by the Yankees. Jeter is the Yankees’s all-time leader in hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases, hit-by-pitches, at-bats and games played. He began his career in 1995, and over the course of his nineteen-year major league career, he has built many names for himself including “Mr. November” and “The Captain”.
The massive fanbase the Yankees have been the home of many great players in the last one hundred years, each one just as interesting as the next. Derek Jeter captured the hearts of fans of every team in the MLB. With that charismatic smile, and talents that never failed to shine every day of the week, he was loved by the whole league. Anyone looking to become a part of the Yankees might not want to be strung up on their single digit jersey in Little League. It’s already been retired.