After news broke that Yankee great Derek Jeter planned to retire after the 2014 season, Yankees management and former teammates started to bid farewell to the shortstop.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi released a statement to say it was a pleasure to manage and play alongside the Yankee captain.
“Derek Jeter has been a great representative of what the Yankees have stood for over the years. He has been a team player who has only cared about winning. He has also been a fine example both on and off the field over his long tenure as a Yankee. It has been a real pleasure to manage him and play alongside him,” reads Girardi’s statement.
Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner also had kind words for No. 2, saying Jeter is “unquestionably one of the greatest Yankees ever.”
“I’m glad we have this year to celebrate everything he has meant to us and all the great things he still stands to accomplish,” reads Steinbrenner’s statement.
Two of Jeter’s former teammates also released statements. Bernie Williams released a statement that read, in part, “He was as special a teammate as any player could ever have. I’m blessed to have played with him. Yankees fans and baseball fans all over the world will have a lot to celebrate this season.”
Jorge Posada released a statement to say, “It was an honor and privilege to have Derek next to me for all those years. He made me a better player and a better person. I’m so proud of our friendship and I love him like a brother. Derek was a true champion and the greatest teammate I ever had.”