Yankees captain Derek Jeter addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since announcing he will retire after the 2014 season.
Jeter, who turns 40 in June, played only 17 games last season after breaking an ankle in the 2012 American League championship series opener, but the legendary shortstop emphasized his upcoming retirement had nothing to do with his health or injuries.
"This has nothing to do with how I feel physically. Everyone that I told when I first started speaking about this with family and friends. They all told me to make sure you took your time. Don't base this decision on what happened last season. Wait until you're healthy then make the decision. So, this has absolutely nothing to do with how I feel physically. Physically, I feel great," Jeter said. "It's all about the time. You can't do this forever. I'd like to, but you can't do it forever and I feel as though the time is right after this year."
Jeter has been with the Bombers since 1995, leading them to five World Series championships.
Now that the future Hall of Famer has announced this will be his final season in pinstripes, fans who spoke with NY1 on Wednesday were experiencing a variety of emotions as they prepare to say farewell.
"I was so sad when I heard it, but he's got to enjoy his life," said one Yankees fan.
"Definitely will miss him, sad, let's see how things go and good luck to him,' said another Yankees fan.
"I think it's about that time you know it's a new generation coming up, Derek Jeter has been a great piece of the organization," noted a third fan.
The consensus among fans is that while they are sorry to see him go they totally understand his decision.
The Bombers faithful also say they will savor every last bit of Jeter this season.
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