On a day when Derek Jeter's No. 2 was retired by the New York Yankees, the former shortstop was a man of few words when the topic turned to his bid to buy the Miami Marlins in partnership with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Aaron Judge followed with his major league-leading 14th homer, a 441-foot drive off the padding above the center-field restaurant behind Monument Park, where a plaque honoring Jeter was to be unveiled during the ceremony before the night game.
Several of the players whose numbers had been retired previously wore a new Monument Park navy blazer, and one also was given to Jeter by Houston's Carlos Beltran, a former Yankees teammate who suggested the idea previous year to equipment manager Rob Cucuzza.
Of course, the Yankees couldn't let Jeter go without getting him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday's series finale against the Astros (GameTracker).
"Playing here in NY for 20 years, I learned that time flies, memories fade but family is forever".
Jeter's No. 2 is the last single-digit Yankees uniform number other than zero to be retired, joining Billy Martin (No. 1), Babe Ruth (No. 3), Lou Gehrig (No. 4), Joe DiMaggio (No. 5), Joe Torre (No. 6), Mickey Mantle (No. 7), Berra and Dickey (No. 8), and Roger Maris (No. 9). Jeter was joined on Sunday by his pregnant wife, 27-year-old model Hannah Jeter. "There isn't a person or player that I would trade places with that's playing now or ever. When you have this dream of playing baseball and playing for the Yankees, having your number retired is never part of it".
Now the Yankees look to even the series against the Astros with a win in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Jeter's eyes and cheeks stayed dry as his former teammates and friends marched to the white chairs assembled on the infield grass.
The last one entered the field on a golf cart with Frank Sinatra singing "My Way" and left with Tina Turner singing "Simply the Best".
"This is one of those special days that you'll never forget", Jeter said of the big night.
"From everything people have told me, just do it and see what happens", he continued.
"We all have the same mindsets", Jeter said. Jeter was a No. 13 much of the time in the minor leagues.
Jorge Posada talks about Jeter's No. 2 being retired. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. We went out there day in and day out trying to win, trying to do anything to help the team and more importantly trying to keep our jobs..