One of the greatest players in baseball history had his number retired on Sunday, May 14, 2017. One of the greatest shortstops in the history of the game, the Yankees all-time leader in games, singles, doubles, hits, at-bats, plate appearances, stolen bases, and strikeouts. Yes, before a match between the Astros and the Bronx Bombers the great Derek Jeter had his famous number 2 retired and was awarded a plaque soon after. Also, with the retirement of number 2, there will never be another Yankee to ever where a number from 1-10.
You can watch the video of him doing the honors alongside his wife Hannah Jeter, below.
There were many players that had played alongside the legendary shortstop that were in attendance including, David Cone, Reggie Jackson, Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams. Along with coaches Joe Torre and Willie Randolph.
Jeter delivered a speech to the crowd which can be seen below.
The previous captain of the Yankees, Don Mattingly, did a video to congratulate Jeter as well.
Ths ceremony was obviously well deserved, Jeter ended his career (which began in 1995) in 2014 with a .310 batting average, 3,465 career hits (6th all-time), 260 home runs, 1,923 runs, 1,311 Runs Batted In, and 4,921 career total bases.
Jeter has been responsible for some of the most famous plays in major league history, such as “The Dive”, “The Flip”, and probably his most famous, “Jump Throw”. The reason why it is so famous? For as long as baseball is played, you will have kids making jump throws and yelling out, “JETER” as they make the play (I do this myself from time to time as a shortstop) (just one of the many legacies that The Captain leaves behind).
Besides Jeter having his number retired, and getting a nice plaque to be hung in Yankee Stadium, he did not leave empty handed, he left with a framed replica of his plaque, a framed matted replica of his #2 monument park plaque, a one-of-a-kind 14 karat white gold ring, a monument park blazer. All of these items can be viewed in the video below.
The Captain later threw out the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Gary Sanchez. Unfortunately, the Yankees did not win the game against the team that passed up on Jeter in the 1995 draft following the ceremony, losing 10-7 against the Astros, but whether the Bronx Bombers win or not, one of the greatest players in their history have been immortalized and will forever be in the same category as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and many many other Yankee greats.
So here’s the million dollar question…Jeter has a plaque with the Yankees now, so here it is, Will his next plaque be received after becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame player in history? If not, could the best Ken Griffey Jr. for the highest percentage of all time? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
I am not a Yankees fan by any means, but RE2PECT Jeter, RE2PECT!