Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

The baseball community reacts to Derek Jeter's number retirement

The baseball community reacts to Derek Jeter's number retirement

Anthony Rieber has been at Newsday since August 31, 1998 and in his current position since 2004. "You had to take the approach that every single day, whether it's the season or the offseason, you're representing the New York Yankees, and I took that seriously". "I like the approach, though, I may be retired, but I still know how people try to get you to (say things)".

Bernie Williams. Paul O'Neill.

Former teammates Mariano Rivera, Paul ONeill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui also were on hand. Jorge Posada. Joe Torre.

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. The final words but not the last for this Yankees legend.

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The New York Yankees retired former captain Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey before a packed Yankee Stadium yesterday morning (Singapore time).

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.

"I got to choose", Jeter said.

Jeter said that he chose Mother's Day for the festivities to honor his mother. "There isn't a person or player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever", Derek Jeter told the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium. Before Jeter even stepped onto the field, the crowd started the "Derek!".

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Jeter is also an impending father. Jeter personally picked his ceremony to be on Mother's Day so he can celebrate it with his mother, father, sister, nephew, grandmother, and his pregnant wife, Hannah.

Derek Jeter reacts as he is surprised during the pregame ceremony.

Sticking to the emotional script written across the long, glorious expanse of his Yankee career, Jeter managed to deflect the deeper side of his emotional soul, maintaining the singular brand of cool that came to define his pinstriped life, going for humor when tears threatened to move in, hitting just the right note in his on-field speech to the sold-out stands. In the postseason - with the pressure ratcheted up in every at-bat - he hit.308 with an.838 OPS. I prided myself in my career to be prepared at all times. "So, I'm excited, but at the same time I'm nervous". "And I'll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family". I feel selfish saying that because, like I said, we were eliminated.

The Yankees, as it turned out, saved the best for last.

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