Here's Derek Jeter's full speech after Yankees retire No. 2

Posted May 18, 2017

Derek Sanderson Jeter, the captain, had his number retired - it's 2, in case you didn't know - and was honored with a plaque that joins those of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and some of the Yankees' lesser legends.

The Yankees announced before the opener that closer Aroldis Chapman will be out at least a month because of a sore shoulder, forcing them to reshuffle their bullpen, and Houston took a 6-4 lead in the seventh against Adam Warren (1-0). Even though the No. 2 had been out of circulation since his retirement, Sunday made it official.

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'I got a chance to play for a first-class organization in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports, ' he said to his screaming fans.

Now 42, Jeter captained the Yankees during his final 12 seasons, capping a career that included five World Series titles, a.310 batting average and a New York-record 3,465 hits.

“I want to thank my family for their love, support, honesty and more importantly their presence at everything I did both on and off the field, ” he said during a three-minute speech that ended the 40-minute ceremony. Memories fade. But family is forever and I " ll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankee family.

"They were here for his last game here, and if you had to write a book, I'm sure that's how it would end", Springer smiled.

We're gonna play two today, but let's not play 18 like last Sunday.

All in all, Sunday was a pretty good day to be Derek Jeter...just like pretty much every other day. The ceremonious cheers from the pregame honoring were quickly silenced just as Houston's George Springer stepped into the box.

Josh Reddick homered off the facing of the right-field second deck a pitch after Springer's first homer. But, the Astros were not done there.

NY came right back in the bottom half when Matt Holliday hit a run-scoring infield single against Will Harris (1-1) and Castro tied the score with an opposite-field double to right off Devenski. The bottom of the ninth is when the men in pinstripes would attempt their greatest comeback effort.

NY scored three runs in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Dayan Diaz and an RBI single by Starlin Castro, forcing closer Ken Giles to enter the game in a non-save situation.