Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled

Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled

Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled

When the Yankees retire that uniform number and unveil Jeter's plaque in the hallowed Monument Park on Sunday night, the home team and those in an expected raucous crowd will be far from the only ones in the building entranced by the moment.

Proudly wearing No. 2 in tribute to Derek Jeter, Alex Bregman drove a splitter into the left-field seats, capping a six-run first inning off Masahiro Tanaka with his first home run this season and first big league grand slam.

Jeter, turning 43 next month, retired from the game three years ago after the 2014 season. "Thank the Good Lord for making Jeter a Yankee", said one.

NY trailed 3-1 before Starlin Castro's tying, two-run homer off Mike Fiers in the fourth. In Yankees history, Jeter ranks among the top 10 players in batting average (.310), home runs (260) and runs batted in (1,311).

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It's why it was hard to be surprised when the shortstop got a walk-off hit in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium, ending his career in the Bronx in the most Jeter way possible. Houston RHP Joe Musgrove and LHP Dallas Keuchel will fly ahead of the team to Miami after the ceremony for retired NY captain Derek Jeter that starts an hour before the nightcap.

His high school scouting report by a Rockies scout even said that he'd "be special".

He was made for the team, for the place, for the city, for the history, No. 2 was. Williams was done. "Kid Bids Hub Fans Adieu" was the headline of John Updike's lovely piece in The New Yorker about that home run. The following spring, he recalled being assigned No. 17 by clubhouse manager Nick Priore, who then switched it to No. 2 — which Jeter wore for his big league debut on May 29, 1995. You could go on and on about all the moments Jeter provided baseball fans throughout his illustrious career. There's numerous that we can all recount. They each were given Monument Park blazers. Thank you very much.

These new, Baby Bomber Yankees are exciting to watch and to see the Yankees get younger is refreshing.

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Judge is already taking a page out of the Jeter playbook by being humble and not talking about himself in postgame interviews. The starter, Luis Severino, struggled without his best stuff in just 2.1 innings.

With the cancellation of Saturday, May 13 Yankee Game and because on Sunday, May 14, the Yankees are offering a single-admission double-header, Metro-North will be offering additional train service on Sunday, May 14.

The Yankees also presented Jeter with various gifts to mark the occasion. They honored that on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

There will be people who will argue that Jeter wasn't the best shortstop, that he didn't' have the range, that he didn't hit for power, and so on. I certainly appreciate his greatness and status as an all-time great player and Yankee, but I was always partial to Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. And that's fine. But Jeter was special in his own right.

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