Sunday night, the New York Yankees will retire No. 2 in honor of longtime captain Derek Jeter. This isn't a surprise, of course. It was always a matter of "when" the Yankees would retire Jeter's number, not "if." .
The pregame ceremony will feature many of Jeter's former teammates and closest friends. Here's the roster of former greats the Yankees say are expected to attend the ceremony:
- David Cone, former teammate
- Joe Girardi, former teammate and current Yankees manager
- Reggie Jackson, former Yankee, current Yankees special adviser
- Tino Martinez, former teammate
- Hideki Matsui, former teammate
- Paul O'Neill, former teammate
- Andy Pettitte, former teammate
- Jorge Posada, former teammate
- Willie Randolph, former Yankees coach
- Mariano Rivera, former teammate
- Rob Thomson, current Yankees bench coach
- Bernie Williams, former teammate
- Gerald Williams, former teammate
- Joe Torre, former Yankees manager
- Gary Denbo, current Yankees VP of Player Development, also Jeter's first professional manager at Single-A Greensboro
- Steve Donohue, current Yankees head athletic trainer
- Dick Groch, area scout who signed Jeter
- Gene Michael, current Yankees SVP and Special Adviser, also GM who drafted Jeter with sixth overall pick of 1992 First-Year Player Draft
- Gene Monahan, former Yankees head athletic trainer
- Jean "Soot" Zimmer, wife of former Yankees coach Don Zimmer
Notably absent: Alex Rodriguez. Jeter and A-Rod were reportedly not on the best of terms despite all their years as teammates, though they maintained a professional working relationship.
The ceremony will be held prior to Sunday's game between the Yankees and Astros. Coincidentally enough, the Astros held the first overall pick in the 1992 draft, and passed on Jeter to take Phil Nevin. The Yankees selected Jeter sixth overall.