June 29, 2017

Derek Jeter to exploding Yankee Stadium: Thank you

29 May 2017, 10:29 | Simon Arnold

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Although there were other greats who played for NY teams - Joe DiMaggio, Patrick Ewing and Joe Namath, just to name a few - none were like the Yankee captain of this generation.

Jeter is also an impending father. The relationship between Jeter and A-Rod has appeared to deteriorate over the years.

Jeter is often thought to be a player that can't be defined by stats. Universally acknowledged as an all-time great. Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees. His 358 steals are good for 19th, and no other shortstop in history ranks better than 20th in all of those categories. He is without question the most decorated baseball player in history. Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Tris Speaker. But he was, unofficially, The Face of Baseball from nearly the moment he burst onto the scene until the day he retired. He's first in hits, doubles, and triples and total bases among players of any position in the postseason.

No. 1 belonged to former player and manager Billy Martin, No. 6 was worn by Torre, who steered the pinstripes to four World Series crowns in five years from 1996, No. 9 graced the back of Roger Maris, whose 61 home runs in 1961 broke Ruth's 1927 mark of 60, and 10 was Phil Rizzuto's number.

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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. Take a look at our list of his best five. You could go on and on about all the moments Jeter provided baseball fans throughout his illustrious career.

Jeter's brilliance in the postseason goes beyond just his stats and titles.

YANKEES KEY TRENDS: The Yankees are 20-8 in their last 28 games overall (pending the results of Game 1 of today's double-header) and are 14-6 in their last 20 games versus a right-handed starter.

Introduced by a recording of late Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard - it was played before Jeter's at-bats following Sheppard's death in 2010 - Jeter wore a blue three-piece peak-lapel suit, white collared shirt and no tie. I can honestly say there was not a single game in which he played in which I rooted for his team and only a handful of games in which I hoped he'd come through at any given moment. But he was a Yankee, a New Yorker playing for the 'Evil Empire.' All we could do was sit back and compare him to the great players we had. You hear all the time with athletes, you don't want to be afraid to fail and he has that. There's a whole lot more things you can bring to the table, not just in the field of play, the way he is in the dugout, the way he'll pick guys up.

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