Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Jeter number retirement officially passes torch to new Yankees guard

Yesterday, another monumental event occurred in the Bronx as the New York Yankees pay homage to one of the greatest shortstops to ever graced the diamond.

Now, as the Yankees retire Jeter's number 2, all of Boston and New England tip their caps from afar to the games true captain.

NY appropriately played two on Derek Jeter Night, a doubleheader against Houston caused by a rainout Saturday, and the festivities took place after an 11-6 win in the opener.

In addition to having his number retired, Jeter received a ring, a blazer and a plaque that will be placed in Monument Park. He said about that responsibility of being a Yankees captain, "To the organization, fans, teammates and media you handle it the way you are, representing the New York Yankees". They're also 37-18 in their last 55 home games but are winless at 0-4 in the last four games when they play the second game of a double-header. 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 rode to the infield in a golf cart as Frank Sinatra's version of "My Way" was played. That he represents the final link to one of the most incredible chapters of Yankee history is a reminder of how fast it all goes by. The 23-year-old third baseman, who made his big league debut last year, viewed the tribute from Houston's dugout.

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"He just had to work really hard the first two innings, and it cost him", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

So Jeter did his best to stifle the laugh he felt upon official unveiling of the permanent reminder to the retirement of his No. 2 jersey, noting later that it was meant not to convey dissatisfaction with the rendering of his face, but rather relief that it was a likeness he could live with. “Hes never told me that personally, but Ive heard that hes said it and I appreciate it if he thought that much of me to give me the number 2.”.

Jeter was referring to a premature report by Bloomberg that stated the group he led along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had already won the auction to negotiate the purchase of the Marlins. Absolutely nothing, ” he said.

His famed number two is the last single digit to be honored. "He's easy to manage because he was always prepared, and i's easy when you can pencil a guy in and not worry about him in any way". "I just want them to set their own goals, and have nothing to do with us, because I think it's not fair", she continued.

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