Yankees to Retire Jeter's Jersey '2' at Ceremony Sunday Night

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, left and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, right talk with hitting coach Chad Mottola center left and manager Kevin Cash before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay

Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returns to the team's historic Bronx stadium Sunday afternoon, Mother's Day, to have his Number 2 retired, an honor only given to the major league's greatest Yankee players.

According to Jeter, Hannah said she doesn't eat red meat but she loves beef jerky, and because of one person's generosity, now there is an enormous supply of jerky at their house. His No. 2, the last of the single digit pinstripes, had been retired and a plaque in his honor dedicated that will be placed in Monument Park alongside tributes to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and the rest of the team's greats.

“When Bernie got his, he had the big mole.

"Jorge had the big ears, Andy had the big nose".

Jeter looked up, an nearly curious look on his face, and said, "Why not?" I can honestly say there was not a single game in which he played in which I rooted for his team and only a handful of games in which I hoped he'd come through at any given moment. He thanked Yankees fans, "for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable, but more important, for embracing me from day one".

"She deserves it. She put in a lot of hard work to get me here", Ramos said.

Following the ceremony, Jeter threw the opening pitch in the Sunday night game against the Houston Astros.




Former teammates Mariano Rivera, Paul ONeill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui also were on hand. As of May 14, Derek will officially be the LAST Yankees player to ever wear the number 2 on their jersey. Reggie Jackson was on the field in shirt sleeves. This was more than a ceremony to retire his No. 2, it was a farewell to an era. Jeter, the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, was named the MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game and MVP of the 2000 World Series between the Yankees and New York Mets, known as the Subway Series.

Now that he has been immortalized in Monument Park, the next destination for Jeter is Cooperstown.

"I've never talked this much internally about a rainout almost 24 hours in advance but I know the forecast doesn't look good", Hinch said.

"He was the captain on the field", said Bregman, who regards the famous "flip play" in the 2001 ALDS at Oakland as Jeter's best.

So what's next? Jeter actually laughed when asked the impending birth of his first child; wife Hanna Davis is due "very soon" he said.

"He's the greatest player that I got to watch", said Mulvihill, a Wilkes-Barre resident. "When I came here, Jim Leyritz had it. You deserve this day". "My mom grew up the biggest Jeter fan ever". OK, they played 2 because of a Saturday rainout, but it wouldn't shock me if someone, somewhere argued that it was Mother Nature's way of showing RE2PECT for the Captain.

"He was a role model for I feel like every kid that played shortstop growing up", Correa said.

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