We all remember the time Andy Pettitte retired only to return to the Yankees after taking a season off…only to retire again. It was a roller-coaster ride that was enjoyed by Yankees fans until the ride came to the end. If you were hoping Derek Jeter would follow his Core Four teammate on the same retirement roller-coaster ride then you’re going to be disappointed, because Jeter is staying retired.
“My name will not be on that list – 100% sure,” Jeter said. “I’ll miss it, but I won’t play again. I’ve played my last game. That’s 100%.
Jeter was on the Today Show with Matt Lauer in a pre-recorded segment where they discussed Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium and his reaction when he saw the crowd cheering for him one last time.
“Man, 50,000 people,” Jeter said. “I’ve never been an actor on Broadway, but it feels like you’re on a stage when you play at Yankee Stadium. And that’s the feeling I’ve always had. And to have everyone standing and cheering for you, saying ‘thank you,’ I never wanted to play another game there.”
Many recorded the moment for Jeter, but he said, “I have mental pictures that are enough for me.”
Another thing that surprised Jeter was the ovation he received when the Yankees went to Fenway Park for the final three games of the season. The Red Sox fans had cheered for Jeter before…but this was a new thing when every at-bat the Red Sox fans would get up from their seats and give him an ovation.
“I’ve had them stand and say some things, but there was never an ovation,” he laughed.
So when will retirement finally kick in for Jeter, as if it wasn’t official already?
“When I start working out for another season.”