Ichiro congratulates Ken Griffey Jr. on his induction into the Mariner’s Hall of Fame.
This picture was taken at what I believe was my first Yankee game. I could not have been older than 3. My dad and I wore our matching Jeter shirts and, while I don’t really remember the game, I know that I loved every minute of it. This was only the beginning of my love for baseball, the Yankees, and, particularly, Derek Jeter. I haven’t known baseball without him and I don’t think I’m ready to experience it without my favorite shortstop. But I am so glad that I got to watch Derek play and hit so many important milestones throughout his career. I know that the memories I have of him will make awesome stories later on down the road and I can’t wait to see the good he does in the world once he has retired. There will never be another Derek Jeter. He is a legend that will be remembered as an amazing player, family member, leader on-and-off the field, and a role model for everyone. Thank you, Derek, for giving us all the amazing opportunity of watching you play.
"In my opinion, I’ve had the greatest job in the world. I’ve got a chance to be the shortstop of the New York Yankees, and there’s only one of those. I always felt that my job was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys, but it can’t compare to what you’ve brought me. So for that, thank you very much. Now I’ve loved what I’ve done, I love what I do, but more importantly I love doing it for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much." -Derek Jeter