What's on Derek Jeter's Monument Park plaque?
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter's No. 2 was retired by the New York Yankees on Sunday night, and that number will now live forever inside Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
As part of the ceremony to honor him, Jeter unveiled both his No. 2 retired number plaque and the Monument Park plaque bearing his bust, doing the former in Monument Park itself and the latter just in front of home plate. That second plaque will, of course, be moved to join its counterpart, and thanks to the Yankees' Media Relations team, this is what is transcribed on it:
DEREK SANDERSON JETER
NEW YORK YANKEES 1995-2014
AS THE CORNERSTONE OF FIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS, JETER WAS A LEADER ON THE FIELD AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE, SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR HIS TEAMMATES WITH HIS UNCOMPROMISING DESIRE FOR TEAM SUCCESS.
HE RETIRED WITH A FRANCHISE-BEST 3,465 HITS - SIXTH ON BASEBALL'S ALL-TIME LIST - HAVING PLAYED MORE SEASONS (20) AND GAMES (2,747) THAN ANY OTHER YANKEE. A LIFETIME .310 HITTER WITH A .377 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE, JETER WAS THE LONGEST-TENURED CAPTAIN IN TEAM HISTORY, HOLDING THE ROLE FROM JUNE 3, 2003 THROUGH THE END OF HIS CAREER IN 2014.
JETER GARNERED 14 ALL-STAR NOMINATIONA, FIVE GOLD GLOVES, AND FIVE SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS. IN 2000, THE SHORTSTOP BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN MAJOR-LEAGUE HISTORY TO BE NAMED ALL-STAR GAME MVP AND WORLD SERIES MVP IN THE SAME SEASON.
A CONSISTENT WINNER, HE COMPILED AN INCREDIBLE .593 REGULAR-SEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE (1,628-1,117-2) IN GAMES PLAYED, AND HE RETIRED AS BASEBALL'S ALL-TIME POSTSEASON LEADER IN GAMES (158), HITS (200), RUNS (111), AND DOUBLES (32).
DEDICATED BY THE NEW YORK YANKEES, MAY 14, 2017.