Yankees Deny Having Plans To Retire Jeter’s No. 2 On Sunday
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans are in for a treat on Sunday in the Bronx. Just don’t expect the Yankees to retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2.
Not yet, anyway.
The Bombers are denying a report in Newsday that said the team planned to give their captain the ultimate honor during Jeter Day on Sept. 7.
“(T)he report is completely inaccurate,” Yankees public relations chief Jason Zillo told the New York Daily News.
Newsday later updated its report online, saying a decision to retire Jeter’s number “has not yet been made.” The 40-year-old shortstop will call it a career at the end of this season.
The Yankees retired closer Mariano Rivera’s number during his pregame ceremony last season. But Rivera’s No. 42 was already retired across MLB in tribute to Jackie Robinson.
Jeter’s situation is different. And by waiting until at least next season to retire his number, the Yankees will be giving themselves another opportunity for a sellout at the Stadium.
What we do know: the club will honor Jeter with a pregame celebration that will include friends, family, MLB bigwigs and former teammates. And don’t forget about those No. 2 patches.
Jeter wears the last single-digit in active duty for the Yankees, who retired former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 last month.
“The Yankees will ultimately retire Jeter’s number,” the Daily News reported, “but that will come at a later date.”
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