Sullivan: Total package of Derek Jeter made him great
19 May, 2017, 18:38
Jeter's No. 2 made it 21 numbers now off-limits to Yankee players. To celebrate his career, former teammates and various others have all taken a couple moments away from thanking their mothers to pay their re2pect to Jeter.
A bronze plaque commemorating his career was placed in Monument Park along with his pinstriped No. 2 behind the fence in center field, a foreshadowing of the ceremony anticipated for Jeter at Cooperstown's Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible.
Not that this current Yankees team and managed by Joe Girardi does not have the same mentality. First, not only did he get his 3,000th hit with a home run off then-Rays ace David Price, but he finished that game 5-5 with the go-ahead and eventual game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Jeter retired after the 2014 season. The youngest of the famous Core Four, Jeter never left any doubt he would be the one to lead them all.
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Jeter was joined by family and told the sold-out crowd the Yankees were "the only team I ever wanted to play for".
As he rounded third base on Mother's Day, he pointed toward his mom Jackie in the stands.
There was no presence of Alex Rodriguez in the Bronx and perhaps the Yankees will honor whatever legacy he had in pinstripes, but certainly A-Rod was never in that class with those fans, teammates, the media and perhaps the Yankees hierarchy.
Derek Jeter entered to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" and exited to Tina Turner's "Simply The Best". No rumors about substance abuse or drugs to enhance his body and boost the statistics.
ET spoke with the Sports Illustrated model in February in New York City, where she revealed that she and Jeter want three kids down the line. "I like the approach, though, I may be retired, but I still know how people try to get you to (say things)". Following the Yankees' 11-6 victory in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, attention quickly turned to Monument Park, and honoring a Yankee legend. "But the way that the fans reacted and the relationship that I had with them for 20 years, it felt as though it was a playoff-type atmosphere".
Houston took a 6-4 lead in the seventh against Adam Warren (1-0), but NY came right back in the bottom half when Holliday hit a run-scoring infield single against Will Harris (1-1) and Castro tied it with an opposite-field double to right off Devenski. "And I'll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankees family".
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