When you think of the New York Yankees, in the 1990's and 2000's, the first name that comes to mind is Derrick Jeter. He has been a superstar with the New York Yankees for many years, and has led them to multiple Championships over the years. On and off the field, he has become a New York legend. It was only a matter of time before the Yankees retired his jersey, and they announced Tuesday morning they will do it next May. They will also unveil a new monument in Jeter's honor outside of the stadium.
Jeter will be the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired, and the first since former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte were honored during the 2015 season. It will be the 21st number retired by the club (No. 8 was retired for Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey in 1972). Jeter wore the last Yankees jersey with a single-digit numeral. Jeter meant more the Yankees organization than most players mean to any sports organization anywhere in the world. Kids everywhere have looked up to Jeter for years. It seems like he was an all-star almost every year in his long time Yankee career. “There’s nobody more deserving,” team president Randy Levine said Tuesday afternoon at a news conference for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the Stadium.
Jeter lead the Yankees to more World Series wins than most MLB teams will get in the history of their existence. Jeter, the team’s first-round pick in 1992 (selected sixth overall), won five World Series (1996, 1998-2000, 2009). The 14-time All-Star is the franchise leader in hits (3,465), games (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195), singles (2,595) and hit-by-pitches (170). To boast these type of numbers in an organization like the Yankees, is simply unheard of. Some Yankee fans call Jeter the best Yankee that has ever played in New York. That statement alone gives you a glimpse of the type of player and star he was in New York. Jeter had 8 seasons, with over 200 hits, and with today's pitching, that is a very rare fact.
Though Jeter Struggled his last year with the Yankees, his numbers over his career do not lie. He played for so many years and won so many Championships, that he will never be forgotten in New York or in baseball for that matter. He hit a walk-off single against the Orioles in his final home game. Jeter’s preference would have been to end it there, but out of respect for the rivalry with the Red Sox, he played three days later at Fenway Park, in the season finale. Yankee fans everywhere will be trying to see the game, where they retire his jersey and surely will be taking trips to the new Derrick Jeter monument outside the ball park.