An emotional farewell to Yankees Stadium at the end 2014 has The Captain ready to kick up his feet and relax for the first time in 23 years.
The Captain will not attend the New York Yankees 2015 home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th.
In an interview on Sirius XM Radio, retired Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter explained that he’s planning to get away from baseball and do some traveling.
“I think actually I’ll be out of the country,” Jeter said. “I need to get away. I’ve been playing this game professionally for parts of 23 seasons, so I need to get away from it.”
Jeter, aka The Captain, holds the Yankees franchise records for games played, hits, doubles, steals and at-bats. He led the Yankees to five World Series titles and seven American League Championships. Jeter is also baseball’s all-time leading hitter among shortstops, and ranks No. 6 in MLB history in hits.
The Yankees, who are expected to formally retire Jeter’s number 2 jersey – the last single-digit number ever issued to a Yankee – have yet to announce a date to do so. But the team has already determined to retire teammate Andy Pettite’s number 46 jersey on August 23rd.