Derek Jeter: I'll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankee family

Derek Jeter: Writer Stories
Sunday May 14th, 2017

Derek Jeter addressed the fans at Yankee Stadium after the New York Yankees retired the No. 2 jersey during a ceremony before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros.

"I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable but more importantly embracing me from Day 1," Jeter said.

"There isn't a person or player I would trade places with," he added.

Watch Jeter's full speech below:

The Yankees also unveiled a plaque in the stadium's Monument Park.

The Yankees have most recently retired Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera's numbers and Jeter is the 22nd player to have his number retired by the team. Now with his No. 2 jersey retired, all single digit numbers have been retired by the Yankees.

Jeter spent each of his 20 major league seasons with the Yankees, helping the team win five World Series titles.

Jeter finished his career with a .310 career average and sixth all-time in hits. Only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker have more hits that Jeter's 3,465.

- Chris Chavez

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