Derek Jeter: Retirement of number is 'huge honor'

- Former Yankee shortstop and captain Derek Jeter said the team retiring his jersey number (No. 2) is a "huge honor." Speaking to reporters at an event in New York for the Turn 2 Foundation, which he founded, Jeter said that he always wanted to be a Yankee. Here are excerpts of what he said.

My dream was always to play shortstop for the Yankees; everything that came along with it wasn't a part of the dream. When I first came up in '96, my goal was to just stay here as long as possible. I never thought about having a number retired or anything, so it's kind of hard to believe. I was asking this question last night, you know, 'What is it going to be like?' I have no idea. I'm sort of just going into it and see what happens but it's a huge honor.

I just want to enjoy it. It's a special day. Happens on Mother's Day, which is big for me. But yeah I'm just trying to go into it and see what happens.

The history of this organization, you know, there is more history with the Yankee organization than a lot of teams put together. So in my mind it's the greatest organization in all of sports. Some of the greatest players to ever play this game have put on the Yankee uniform. So to have the opportunity to have your number retired is, like I said, is not something that I ever thought of. So I don't know what to expect when that day comes -- it still seems like it's kind of far off, so I can't really picture myself being there, but I'm looking forward to it. I know my entire family is.

I had a pretty close relationship with Yogi [Berra] and to have an opportunity to listen to a lot of those stories that he told me about a lot of those players that are out there [in Monument Park]. It's fun. I've always been sort of a sponge for knowledge. I've tried to learn as much as possible about the organization from a young age on. So, yeah, it doesn't get any better than that.

You know, I've made it clear ownership aspirations at some point, who knows when that is. Who knows if you get the opportunity -- I hope I do. But in terms of coaching or anything, nah, the schedule is bad. It's a rough schedule. You don't realize how bad the schedule is until you don't have to do it. I think I'd pass on that.

Yeah, I just always wanted to be known as a player who had respect for the game, respect for my teammates, my opponents, the media, the fans, the organization. For me, it just means a lot to be remembered as a Yankee. That was the one thing, that's the one job I always wanted. That's the only job I ever wanted was to play shortstop for the Yankees, so that's good enough for me.

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