Jeter thanks NYC, be­fore Yan­kees thank him

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter is pay­ing trib­ute to New York City a few days be­fore the Yan­kees per­ma­nently re­tire his jer­sey.

Jeter posted an es­say ti­tled “Thank You, New York” on his Play­ers’ Tri­bune web­site on Thurs­day. Jeter writes about be­ing “quiet, un­sure and a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated” com­ing to New York af­ter grow­ing up in Kala­ma­zoo, Mich.

He praises the city for sup­port­ing him through­out his 20 sea­sons with the Yan­kees writ­ing, “I’ll never for­get how you looked out for me.”

The piece is ac­com­pa­nied by a video in which Jeter and other New York­ers re­cite the es­say.

The Yan­kees will re­tire Jeter’s No. 2 on Sun­day night at Yankee Sta­dium ahead of their game against the Hous­ton Astros.

The 14-time All-Star short­stop helped lead New York to five World Se­ries ti­tles. He played 20 MLB sea­sons, re­tir­ing in 2014.

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