We went out there day in and day out trying to win, trying to do anything to help the team and more importantly trying to keep our jobs..
"We'd have guys come in and a few months later being here, I'd have them come up to me and say 'I knew he was a good player but I never realized how good he was, '" Torre said.
However, Derek Jeter was one of a kind. That's just the way he's built and just the way he'd want things done. How can you blame him?
"Definitely, and it was all in the way it happened", Martinez added. Ortiz perhaps could have remained productive for several more years, as he hit.315 with 38 home runs with 127 RBI last year and was sixth in the MVP voting.
If one of them had to pick one, though? Alex Rodriguez was not spokesman Ron Berkowitz said A-Rod was in Miami, spending time with his mother and daughters.
Jeter is also the fifth member of his championship teams to have his number retired, joining Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. It strongly echoes Jordan Brand's "Re2pect" ad from 2014, which featured a number of celebrities and New Yorkers honoring Jeter with his signature hat tip.
Jeter, 42, and his wife took some time to pose for photos alongside a replica of his newly unveiled dedication plaque. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. In between, he was serenaded with "Der-ek, Je-ter" chants as he was surrounded by family and Yankees royalty.
This schedule will accommodate passengers traveling to the 2:05 PM game, the Derek Jeter ceremony which starts at 6:35 PM, and the second game which starts at 7:35 PM.
For me, there are two moments that will forever define what made Derek Jeter great. "He respects Monument Park and what it stands for, and it's a big deal for him". His No. 2 will be the last single-digit uniform removed from circulation.
Martinez may hail from the other side of the Sunshine State, the Yankees' second home of, but he sees it as both a Jeter contemporary and a Floridian.