Jeter's No. 2 retired in emotional Yankees ceremony

Jessica Allison
May 15, 2017

When Jeter signed his first big contract, it was the second-biggest deal in Major League Baseball history.

"I have a lot of admiration and respect for how he went about his business", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

This time, the 42-year-old Jeter said, he wanted to "just experience it".

He is the team's career leader in hits, games played, at-bats, doubles and stolen bases, and retired as the team's longest run captain.

"There isn't a player that I would trade places with that is playing now or ever", Jeter said during a almost four-minute, off-the-cuff speech.

The AL West-leading Astros, helped by former Jeter teammates Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, have the best record in baseball at 25-11. Jeter's will be the 22nd number retired by the Yankees, which means there are no more single digits left for future players to wear.

Hoff added that the retired All-Star shortstop has drawn more than triple the total ticket sales for David Ortiz's jersey retirement ceremony in June, which is the second-best selling game this season.

For his part, Jeter posted his own thank you to NY on the Players' Tribune, a "new media company that provides athletes with a platform to connect directly with their fans, in their own words", which Jeter founded in 2014.

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Was it his last one at Yankee Stadium. his walk-off single n his final home game? To watch him play was nothing short of a joy, and fans shouldn't take it for granted. A year later, he was the starting shortstop, a position he held until retiring in 2014. They didn't encounter each other again until April 1998 when in Hinch's second series as a big leaguer his A's hosted the Yankees at Oakland's Coliseum.

It's unbelievable to think that Jeter hasn't played in a Major League game in nearly three years.

Well, sort of. Because you'll recall that last Friday's 18-inning affair against the Cubs wasn't a "real" doubleheader, but you get the idea. They were in touch a little bit. For pushing me and challenging me.

Although Hinch admittedly isn't much of a collector, he keeps a bat autographed by Jeter in a case at his home.

The Bleacher Creatures' first-inning Roll Call of Yankees starters included Jeter, who led NY to five World Series titles during a big league career that spanned 1995-2014, and fans chanted Jeter's name in the late innings.

Now the Yankees look to even the series against the Astros with a win in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

“When I prepare speeches I forget part of it, and then none of it makes sense, ” he said later. "We'll be on the top step tipping our hat to him".

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