No matter what team you root for, Derek Jeter is one of the most notable names in New York baseball.
After more than two years since Jeter walked off the baseball diamond and into retirement, the Yankees have officially announced how they will be immortalizing the Captain’s legacy in pinstripes.
The Yankees plan to honor Derek Jeter on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, with the official retirement of his iconic number 2 and unveil his plaque in Monument Park.
Jeter will be the 22nd player to have his number retired in franchise history and the 21st retired by the Yankees organization. This will be the first retirement of a number since 2015, when Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte had their numbers officially retired.
Jeter’s iconic number 2 being retired marks the final number of the iconic Yankees Core Four having their number and legacy kept in baseball history. Pettitte, Posada, Jeter and the Pinstripes’ iconic closer, Mariano Rivera, led the Yankees to four World Series victories during their years on the diamond.
Jeter played for 20 seasons on the Yankees after being the team’s first-round pick in 1992. He played every season at shortstop and was named the 11th captain of the New York Yankees in 2003. During his time in pinstripes, he won five World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
The Michigan native ended his career with numbers that will not only leave him in Yankees’ history but also in the history of major league baseball with 3,465 career hits, the title of the Yankees’ all-time hits leader, and eight seasons with at least 200 recorded hits.
Jeter had many iconic moments during his career in pinstripes. 2000 had the Subway World Series against the local rival New York Mets, where he led off game 4 with a home run. 2001 was a big year for him, where he came all the way from his position on the diamond towards the first base line and completed “The Flip.” After the country was shaken by the September 11th attacks, baseball watched Jeter become “Mr. November” because of his walk-off 10th inning home run that happened after major league baseball spilled into November for the first time. A 2004 game against the rival Boston Red Sox had the iconic dive into the seats. Later down the line, he achieved his 3,000th hit in a homer against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As a Yankees fan, my favorite moments to watch of the 14 time all-star came in his last few games in his final season. It seemed unreal to watch him do his iconic inside-out swing and rip a single into right field from Evan Meek. Jeter jumped in celebration as Antoan Richardson beat the throw home, and Jeter left Yankee Stadium as the legend that fans know he is.
Individual game day tickets for the event have not been put on sale, but I can suspect that this game will definitely be sold out so that fans can help their favorite team honor “The Captain” one more time.