As the New York Yankees prepare to retire jersey No. 2, in honor of the great Derek Jeter, many Bronx Bombers greats will be on hand for the ceremony. Not among the greats on that list is Alex Rodriguez, however, which should come to the surprise of no one.
Jeter and A-Rod are not friends. Sure, they recently did an interview, but the results were horrible. It was uncomfortable. It was awkward. It was uneasy. In fact, people close to Jeter said that he was “beside himself angry” about even having to sit down with A-Rod. To avoid any further controversy, I’m sure that everyone involved with Derek Jeter Night in New York is quite pleased that A-Rod will not be in attendance.
As for which former and current Yankees greats who will be at Yankee Stadium tonight to see the final single-digit number be retired in franchise history, here is a quick look:
- David Cone, former teammate
- Joe Girardi, former teammate and current Yankees manager
- Reggie Jackson, former Yankee, current Yankees special adviser
- Tino Martinez, former teammate
- Hideki Matsui, former teammate
- Paul O’Neill, former teammate
- Andy Pettitte, former teammate
- Jorge Posada, former teammate
- Willie Randolph, former Yankees coach
- Mariano Rivera, former teammate
- Rob Thomson, current Yankees bench coach
- Bernie Williams, former teammate
- Gerald Williams, former teammate
- Joe Torre, former Yankees manager
- Gary Denbo, current Yankees VP of Player Development, also Jeter’s first professional manager at Single-A Greensboro
- Steve Donohue, current Yankees head athletic trainer
- Dick Groch, area scout who signed Jeter
- Gene Michael, current Yankees SVP and Special Adviser, also GM who drafted Jeter with sixth overall pick of 1992 First-Year Player Draft
- Gene Monahan, former Yankees head athletic trainer
- Jean “Soot” Zimmer, wife of former Yankees coach Don Zimmer
Given that the event takes place on Mother’s Day, I’m sure that you will also see Jeter’s parents in attendance, as well as his wife and soon-to-be mother of his child, Hannah Davis. Enjoy the night, Captain. You deserve it!