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Derek Jeter, a dream fulfilled

Derek Jeter, a dream fulfilled

McCann has seen Jeter from a few perspectives; he's been a fellow Yankee, an opponent with the Braves, and also a Team USA teammate in the World Baseball Classic - but from all angles, The Captain may be No. 2 on the scoreboard but No. 1 in a lot of ways.

No. 2 is the 21st number retired by the franchise and is the final single digit to be honored by the Yankees.

Jeter eventually addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support throughout his career.

At the end of his speech, in front of his soon-to-be-larger-by-one family, Jeter talked about how lucky he was to be part of the Yankees family. We all know that Derek Jeter played the game fair and it has been written many times about that respect and how everyone wanted to be the next Jeter in NY or with another team.

They had just given him a plaque emblazoned with his face that will sit in the hallowed Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Reggie Jackson was on the field in shirt sleeves.

George Steinbrenner's children, Jessica, Hal and Jennifer, presented Jeter with plaques and rings before he took the mic.

The Yankees announced the move Sunday. Additionally, he was the 2004 ALCS MVP and 2013 World Series MVP.

He rode to the infield in a golf cart as Frank Sinatras version of “My Way” was played.

“I might have gotten emotional, but we were back there joking and having a good time with my family, ” he said.

Others on hand to witness Jeter's number retirement included, Hideki Matsui, longtime manager Joe Torre, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and Dick Groch, the area scout who signed Jeter.

The four-time All-Star's average fastball velocity has dropped from a major league-high 100.9 miles per hour last year to 98.2 miles per hour this year, according to MLB's Statcast. "When I came here, Jim Leyritz had it. I'm sure it'll be a wonderful event for the fans and for Derek, as well".

Devenski leads big league relievers with 43 strikeouts. One thing the Yankees know how to do is ceremonies.

“Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, ” Jeter said.

Carlos Beltran added an RBI double and Carlos Correa lifted a sacrifice fly as Houston improved to 11-3 in its last 14 games. Jeter is reportedly teaming with Jeb Bush in trying to buy the Miami Marlins, whom Mattingly manages.

"There's nothing to report on that". Absolutely nothing, ” he said.

Among players on the most recent Yankees dynasty, Posada (20), Rivera (42), Pettitte (46) and Williams (51) also had their numbers retired.

“Having five people from that group is kind of hard to believe, ” Jeter said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. "I always think Derek is going to successful at whatever he does".


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