Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter poses for a photo with his monument park plaque during a pre-game ceremony to also retire his jersey number before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.
The previous high for a non-game on YES viewers was 651,000 for the dedication of George Steinbrenner's plaque in Monument Park on September 20, 2010. We all know that Derek Jeter played the game fair and it has been written many times about that respect and how everyone wanted to be the next Jeter in NY or with another team.
They presented Jeter with a framed replica of his Monument Park plaque, a framed replica of his no. 2 plaque, a "career milestone ring", and a monument park blazer-an idea credited to Carlos Beltran, who obviously got it from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jeter's No. 2 was the last single digit number still available for players on the Yankees, winners of a record 27 World Series titles, five of which featured Jeter, who walked away from the diamond in 2014. He is the 22nd player to have his number retired by the Yankees, by far the most among major league teams. "And the reason why I say that is because I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports".
Former teammates Mariano Rivera, Paul ONeill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui also were on hand. I prided myself in my career to be prepared at all times.
Jeter didnt have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees.
"He's going to be shut down for two weeks and then we'll reassess", Cashman said.
"I've said this before, there is one thing that stands out of to me on the field. But that was a special moment for me, and I'll never forget that last game". Absolutely nothing, he said. He's an entrepreneur, perhaps one day a baseball team owner, although that was not a subject he wanted to discuss amid reports he's part of a group that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins. When we were in it we used to constantly have conversations about it: You never look back at anything that we had accomplished, it was always whats next. "So I thought it would be nice to have this special day on Mother's Day to honor her and all that she's meant not only to my career, but she helped shape who I am today".