20 May, 2017
In other words, Ortiz is the sort of player who deserves the pomp and circumstance Jeter received on Sunday. The days of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera have now turned into the days of Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, and Dellin Betances, all of which, would have trouble in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the visiting Houston Astros.
Jeter added another terrific pressure-packed performance to his resume Sunday night when he calmly and coolly thanked George Steinbrenner, the Yankees organization, his former teammates and the fans in an unscripted speech.
The Yankees and the Astros both wore pink-billed caps in honor of the holiday, and Jeter said that he chose this day to receive the honor to highlight his mother's and family's contribution to his success. "He's a Hall of Famer with a hell of a career, and I'm happy to be there".
Jeter finished his career with a.310 career average and sixth all-time in hits.
"When you play here in NY for 20 years, I learned that the time flies, memories fade, but the family is forever", he said. And I'll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family, ' he continued.
I want to thank my managers, coaches, teammates, support staff, those of you who are here today, those of you who aren't for being with me along that entire journey. I say this very humbly, there is isn'tt a person or a player I would trade places with that's playing now or ever. The plaque is a replica of the one in Monument Park. There are no words that can express the love the city of NY and Yankee fans had, and continue to have, for "The Captain". He is the Yankees' career leader in hits (3,465), games played (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358), and retired as the team's longest-tenured captain.
However, Derek Jeter was one of a kind.
"It's special, man; I mean, just watching him play, being in the same clubhouse with him for that short time in 2007, it was special", Clippard said. "There's so much about him that doesn't show up in the stats".
He did it with unwavering belief in his skill and unnatural calm under pressure. "He was just the complete package".
Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, Jeter said. "You don't come up requesting numbers when you're 20 years old, so I took what they gave me".