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The Yankees retired Derek Jeter's No. 2 in a ceremony before Sunday's second game of a New York-Houston doubleheader.

Jeter, who grew up in Kalamazoo dreaming of being the shortstop for the New York Yankees, is the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired and spent all 20 of his Major League Baseball seasons in New York. Even though the No. 2 had been out of circulation since his retirement, Sunday made it official.

The New York Yankees have placed closer Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation in his left shoulder. "There isn't a person or player I would trade places with - that played now, or ever". That he represents the final link to one of the most fantastic chapters of Yankee history is a reminder of how fast it all goes by. "Back in the Dominican, we got the Yankees all the time on TV, and he was one of my favorites growing up". 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.

"I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable, but more importantly, for embracing me since day one", Jeter said off the cuff.

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"I'll be will eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankee family", he said. "So, I'm excited, but at the same time I'm nervous".

ET spoke with the Sports Illustrated model in February in New York City, where she revealed that she and Jeter want three kids down the line.

In addition to getting his jersey enshrined in Yankees' history, Jeter received a number of gifts. Rodriguez, who was celebrating Mother's Day in Miami with his family, tweeted a message to Jeter. The ceremonious cheers from the pregame honoring were quickly silenced just as Houston's George Springer stepped into the box.

The previous high for a non-game on YES viewers was 651,000 for the dedication of George Steinbrenner's plaque in Monument Park on September 20, 2010. Springer's home run began what would be a rough outing for Tanaka, who would give up yet another home run on the very next pitch to Josh Reddick for his fifth home run of the year.