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

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

He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post.

On the night the New York Yankees retired his iconic No. 2 jersey, Derek Jeter was asked about his bid to buy the Miami Marlins.

NY appropriately played two on Derek Jeter Night, a doubleheader against Houston caused by a rainout Saturday, and the festivities took place after an 11-6 win in the opener. "And the reason why I say that is because I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports".

George Springer led off the game with a drive into Monument Park just after Jeter's number was retired there in a pregame ceremony. He is the 22 Yankee to have his number retired.

Not that this current Yankees team and managed by Joe Girardi does not have the same mentality. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter amassed 3,465 hits and was a 14-time All-Star, while never playing for a team with a sub-.500 record.

Chad Green got Alex Bregman to ground into his second double play of the game and threw 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

A host of former team mates and coaches attended the ceremony before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, including Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, and his former manager Joe Torre. They each were given Monument Park blazers. "The house Jeter built", said another, echoing the nickname for the old Yankee Stadium as "The House that Ruth built". A recording played of PA announcer Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter, who then took the mic. "Mr. November" received a bronze plaque for his legacy in a ceremony at a sold-out Yankee Stadium.

Both teams wore special Mother's Day uniforms, undershirts and caps with pink elements, and many players used pink bats.

The Yankee stadium serenaded Jeter with cheers and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as he walked onto the field with his wife Hannah Davis, who is now pregnant with their first child. They also dedicated a plaque in his honor that will be placed in Monument Park behind center field.

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YES's coverage from 6-7:30 p.m. averaged 724,000 viewers, the network said Monday, with 952,000 tuning in from 7:15-7:30 p.m., when Jeter gave his speech to the Yankee Stadium crowd.

The Astros scored six times while Jeter was giving his press conference about the ceremony.

He called Jeter's celebration "perfect", adding, "He deserves it, man".

Jeter's No. 2 made it 21 numbers now off-limits to Yankee players.

"Derek Jeter was a very special player", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said before the ceremony.

Of course, you can't honor a legendary baseball player without giving him a bunch of expensive gifts.

During Jeter's remarks - which he later said were off the cuff - he emphasized how thankful he was.

'When you play here in NY for 20 years, I learned that the time flies, memories fade, but the family is forever. "Thank you very much".

Jeter didn't have No. 2 in his mind before reaching the Yankees. He would fall to the sixth pick in the 1992 draft. "When we were in it we used to constantly have conversations about it: You never look back at anything that we had accomplished, it was always what's next".

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