Yankees retire Jeter’s No. 2
The New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s No. 2 Sunday ahead of a game against the Houston Astros.
The team also unveiled the plaque to be added to Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, according to ESPN, NBC, Fox Sports and other news outlets.
Joined by his wife, family and several former teammates, Jeter wished “all the mothers out there” a happy Mother’s Day, then thanked the Steinbrenner family and the fans.
Drafted sixth overall out of Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High in 1992, Jeter retired after the 2014 season.
“You know, you play here in New York for 20 years. I learned that time flies, memories fade, but family is forever — and I’ll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family, so I can’t thank you guys enough. Thank you very much,” Jeter said.
Jeter is the Yankees’s all-time leader in hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases, hit-by-pitches, at-bats and games played. He holds the MLB record for postseason games played, hits, runs and doubles. Jeter was a 14-time all-star and helped the Yankees win five World Series titles and 511 more games than they lost during his career.
Jeter’s No. 2 is the last of the single digit uniform numbers to be retired by the Yankees.
The Yankees appropriately played two – a double-header — on Derek Jeter Night against Houston, which had the first pick in the 1992 draft, opting for Phil Nevins over Jeter, who dropped to the sixth pick. The Yankees won the opener 11-6 but lost the nightcap 10-7.
Former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui were on hand. Alex Rodriguez was not — spokesman Ron Berkowitz said A-Rod was in Miami, spending time with his mother and daughters.
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.
According to MLB.com, these are the numbers the Yankees have retired:
1: Billy Martin
2: Derek Jeter
3. Babe Ruth
4: Lou Gehrig
5: Joe DiMaggio
6: Joe Torre
7: Mickey Mantle
8: Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey
9: Roger Maris
10: Phil Rizzuto
15: Thurman Munson
16: Whitey Ford
20: Jorge Posada
23: Don Mattingly
32: Elston Howard
37: Casey Stengel
42: Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera
44: Reggie Jackson
46: Andy Pettitte
49: Ron Guidry
51: Bernie Williams