In what will surely be the first of many fond farewells, the Astros before Wednesday night's game against the Yankees will honor legendary shortstop Derek Jeter, who's retiring after the 2014 season. As part of the festivities, two Astros icons and former Yankee teammates of Jeter's will be on hand. Here are the details from CBS New York:
The Astros announced that the ceremony will include a video montage and “a special gift.” The Yankees captain, who has announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season, will also be reunited with former teammates Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.
Jeter played with Clemens in New York from 1999-2003 and again in 2007. Pettitte was Jeter's teammate from 1995-2003, 2007-10 and again in 2012 and '13. Clemens and Pettitte spent a combined six seasons with the Astros, and both make their homes in the Houston area.
As for other connections, the Astros rather famously chose Phil Nevin with the top overall pick of the 1992 draft, while Jeter went to the Yankees five picks later. To be fair, though, the Indians, Expos, Orioles and Reds also passed on Jeter and picked players who wound up providing less value than Nevin.