Earlier this evening, there was a rumor Derek Jeter‘s No. 2 was going to be retired during “Derek Jeter Day”, a ceremony being held for the retiring captain before Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. However, retiring Jeter’s number doesn’t seem to be in the upcoming plans.
Yankees director of media Jason Zillo recently released a statement, saying the Yankees retiring Derek Jeter’s number on Sunday was “inaccurate and fabricated.” Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweeted this in response to Zillo’s news:
[Mariano] Rivera’s 42 was retired last year because the number was already retired by MLB. Yankees can sell out a game next year when they hang No. 2. It’s very, very rare for a player’s number to be retired while he’s still active. Didn’t make sense to retire Jeter’s on Sunday.
I have to agree with Mark Feinsand. Why retire Jeter’s number on Sunday when they could use a day next year to sell out the stadium and retire it then? We all know Jeter’s number is going to be retired…it only ends up being a matter of when.