Sunday finally became the day Yankee fans had been predicting and expecting since the turn of the century; Derek Jeter taking his rightful place in amongst the Yankee legends in Monument Park.
"I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable, but more importantly, for embracing me since day one", Jeter said off the cuff.
'When you play here in NY for 20 years, I learned that the time flies, memories fade, but the family is forever. The No. 0 is available, but the Yankees have never issued it, though manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman said they are not opposed to doing so.
Yankees co-owner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal presented the 14-time All-Star with a 14-karat white gold ring with 2 in diamonds, surrounded by diamonds. The sculpture on Jeter's Monument Park plaque actually looks like Jeter. His grandmother, parents, sister, nephew and pregnant wife joined him for the ceremony, and he laughed when he saw the plaque, which reads DEREK SANDERSON JETER/THE CAPTAIN/MR. Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees.
Jeter is the fifth member of his championship teams to have his number retired, joining Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams.
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"Obviously I didn't know then that I would be coming here at the time, but I think it was really special for me to do that", Castro said.
And, while you could ask one of the handful of current Yankees who spent at least a full year playing with Jeter, we'll wrap this remembrance up with Chase Headley, who was acquired from San Diego in July 2014 and got to spend the final two months of The Captain's career right next to him at third base. That was the day Derek Jeter wanted and appropriate to also honor the Mom and Dad that were instrumental for all of this representation of a class act on and off the field, and with no controversy.
Jeter didnt have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees. "I wouldn't say I was in bad (condition) but I deserved to be booed considering the way I pitched today".
"It was always kind of our dream to be able to play here and play in the big leagues and playing in her home city", Bregman said. That distinction is how that era of Yankees fans was symbolic of what Derek Jeter meant. "It's a moment I'll never forget". "The house Jeter built", said another, echoing the nickname for the old Yankee Stadium as "The House that Ruth built".
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