The Yankees have most recently retired Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera's numbers and Jeter is the 22nd player to have his number retired by the team.
The MLB all-star, who unveiled his plaque at the Yankee Stadium in NY while retiring his famed No. 2 jersey, was asked by a reporter: "You did a great job of handling the jobs of being a Yankee".
On Sunday, the franchise retired the jersey number that was worn for 20 years by future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
Jeter is the Yankees' career leader in hits (3,465), games played (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) AND those five World Series titles.
His famed number two is the last single digit to be honored. Castro played shortstop at the time, and when the Yankees visited Wrigley Field that season, it was Castro who got to go out on the field to give The Captain his parting gift: a No. 2 from the manual scoreboard at Wrigley. "And I'll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankees family". Aaron Judge followed with his major league-leading 14th homer, a 441-foot drive off the padding above the center-field restaurant behind Monument Park, where a plaque honoring Jeter was to be unveiled during the ceremony before the night (see full recap).
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Jeter chose Mother's Day for the occasion, and he was accompanied by his grandmother, his mother and father, sister and pregnant wife, Hannah.
"There isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever", he told the fans. Jeter said during his speech between games of the Yankees-Astros doubleheader. Jeter is reportedly teaming with Jeb Bush in trying to buy the Miami Marlins, whom Mattingly manages.
Twenty of Jeter's former teammates, managers and coaches were in attendance, though longtime frenemy Alex Rodriguez was not there.
Like Jeter, Ortiz is a future Hall of Famer and was as loved during his career in Boston as Jeter was in NY. Torre said Jeter was the player he wanted the ball to go to in the field, and whom he wanted to bat in an important spot.
"It was one of the highlights of my career to play with him, even for just a couple months", Headley said, "and I think one of the things I took from him was just how much fun he had playing the game". How can you blame him? "I can't thank you guys enough". When we were in it we used to constantly have conversations about it: You never look back at anything that we had accomplished, it was always whats next.