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Text Of Derek Jeter's Speech Sunday

15 Mai 2017

The 42-year-old baseball legend was honored with a ceremony to retire his jersey number with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on Sunday, where he was asked about becoming a new dad.

Jeter becomes the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired, and his No. 2 will now be immortalized in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park alongside Babe Ruth's number 3 and Lou Gehrig's number 4.

Jeter's No. 2 was the last single digit number still available for players on the Yankees, winners of a record 27 World Series titles, five of which featured Jeter, who walked away from the diamond in 2014. You know, I'll start with thank you to George Steinbrenner and the Steinbrenner family for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career for the only team I ever wanted to play for. Reggie Jackson was on the field in shirt sleeves.

He rode to the infield in a golf cart as Frank Sinatra's version of "My Way" was played.

Jeter's No. 2 made it 21 numbers now off-limits to Yankee players. "I like the approach, though, I may be retired, but I still know how people try to get you to (say things)".

"I can just tell you that Tagg Romney and his group are very, very impressive".

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At his first big league camp in 1994, he was given No. 74.

Jeter laughed, then blurted out, "No!"

"There's been rumors out there that Buck had suggested I be a No. 2", Jeter said.

Jeter and Bush are one of two groups that are vying to buy the team; the other is led by Tagg Romney, the son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. "Absolutely nothing", he said. "I hope that they don't have, that people don't have those expectations for them, and they do what they love and what they're into". "When we were in it, we used to constantly have conversations about it: We never looked back at anything that we had accomplished, it was always, OK, what's next, what's next, what's next?"

And the fans - wow - I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, making me accountable, more importantly for embracing me since day one.