Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, looks around during a pregame ceremony after his No. 2 was retired in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Anyone would have to find it unusual 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.
Jeter will forever be associated with the Yankees after he played his entire 20-season career (1995-2014) with them and won five World Series titles, but buying the Marlins would give him another venture into baseball as his retirement continues. It was Jeter, along with a core group of Yankees, that helped bring five championships to the Bronx.
And what he did across those two decades in pinstripes was the story everyone wanted to celebrate Sunday, how a kid who never had the strongest arm or the fastest bat or the quickest feet could manage to put it all together and become not simply the best player on his team, but one of the franchise's all-time greats.
"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. "If there's something to report I'll let you know", Jeter said to the New York Daily News.
"And I'll be eternally grateful for being a part of the Yankee family".
Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman is a huge Derek Jeter fan.
Several of the players whose numbers had been retired previously wore a new Monument Park navy blazer, and one also was given to Jeter by Houston's Carlos Beltran, a former Yankees teammate who suggested the idea a year ago to equipment manager Rob Cucuzza.
Derek Jeter got his honor and moments later the Houston Astros got the second game of two off to a bang at Yankee Stadium. Probably the last time in a long time before we see five more numbers retired and plaques unveiled in Monument Park.
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"Guess it was the No. 2 magic tonight", Bregman said with a grin. I mean, come on. "I like the approach, though, I may be retired, but I still know how people try to get you to (say things)". Morton had 10 of the 16 strikeouts by Astros pitchers, including seven in a row, as Houston took three of four in the series and improved to a big league-best 26-12. Then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter is said to have behind the switch. "We've proven before that we can come back, and that gives you confidence, so there's no panic".