Second to none: Jeter's No. 2 retired by Yanks

by Leon Thompson May 15, 2017, 11:23

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Soon, a different series of twos appears, with the numeral shown in the classic Yankee blue and pinstripes design Jeter wore for years.

But despite his playoff brilliance and individual career statistics that make him a surefire Hall of Famer, a significant number of fans, players and media members would use another word to describe Jeter-overrated. Mattingly was also on the team's coaching staff for several years in the 2000s. They had just given him a plaque emblazoned with his face that will sit in the hallowed Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. It was Jeter, along with a core group of Yankees, that helped bring five championships to the Bronx.

Jeter, of course, is one of the greatest shortstops of all-time and won five champions with the Yankees.

Jeter posted an essay titled "Thank You, New York" on his Players' Tribune website on Thursday. The same can be said about the other single digit wearers in the new club in Monument Park.

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. The No. 0 is available, but the Yankees have never issued it, though manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman said they are not opposed to doing so.

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Jeter was able to compile high totals in each category because his career spanned 20 years, but that doesn't mean he wasn't consistently great.

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"I hate to say it because my wife is in the back, but when she was in NY for a launch week right after she had announced that she was pregnant, she was doing an interview, and they asked her, 'Do you have any weird cravings?'" I want to thank you guys for pushing me, challenging me and making me accountable.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa grew up trying to emulate the iconic Yankee shortstop's signature jump throw. OK, they played 2 because of a Saturday rainout, but it wouldn't shock me if someone, somewhere argued that it was Mother Nature's way of showing RE2PECT for the Captain. The struggles of players like A-Rod on baseball's biggest stage only highlighted just how remarkable Jeter's playoff career was. For challenging me. For giving this kid a place to grow up.

A few weeks later he got a hit in his last time at-bat at the Stadium and beat the Orioles. Eventually nothing is next because youre retired, but we all had those same mindsets and thats why I think we had success.

My question to any Boston fan that hates Jeter is why and how can you hate this guy? So he didn't win as many as the Yankees of Yogi did, or Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle.


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