Nearly 1 million tune in to watch Derek Jeter's speech


Houston rocked Tanaka (5-2) shortly after former Yankees captain Derek Jeter had his No. 2 retired.

Anyone would have to find it odd to catch their own reflection staring back at them the way Jeter looked at his Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, etched forever on a Monument Park plaque, bound forever to hang in the mini-museum behind the Stadium's centerfield fence.

Headley rallies Yanks over Astros 11-6 before Jeter ceremony NEW YORK - The Yankees started celebrating even before ceremonies to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2. Jeter has always handled things well, from being the shortstop of the World Series-winning Yankees as a rookie in 1996, to his four other championship seasons, to his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium when he had a fairy tale-like Jeterian walkoff single to right.

During his remarkable career, Jeter recorded a franchise-record 3,465 hits, which also ranks sixth all-time in Major League Baseball history, ‎1,311 RBIs and 260 home runs.

"I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports", Jeter said.

So many legends of the game have made their mark in a Yankees uniform, but none were more inextricably linked to the franchise than No. 2.

That Jeter belongs in Monument Park was a well-deserved, non-debatable foregone conclusion.

Few players played the game with the pride and focus that Jeter brought to the clubhouse each and every day, and for that, he will go down as an all-time Yankee great. “And the fans — wow — I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, making me accountable, more importantly for embracing me since day one.”.

"I might have gotten emotional, but we were back there joking and having a good time with my family", he said. And I'll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family, ' he continued.

"We all have the same mindsets", Jeter said.

Jeter didn't have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees. "When I came here, Jim Leyritz had it".

"You get chills watching some of those moments: the flip, the home runs, the jump throws in the hole", said Bregman, whose only disappointment was he did not get to meet Jeter.

“Theres rumors out there that Buck suggested I be No. 2, ” Jeter said.

Jeter sidestepped a pair of questions about his role in a group headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that is trying to buy the Miami Marlins. "When you're in it, you don't really think about it too much, because you're just coming to work to do your job, but after I've retired I've realized how special that is".