Bostonians everywhere were devastated to hear New York Yankee Derek Jeter announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the 2014 season will be his final season before retirement. “Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle” Jeter said. He further explains that he always told himself once baseball felt more like a job he would move forward.
Jeter takes time in his announcement to thank his fans, The Boss, the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization as a whole, as well as his family. Playing short stop for the New York Yankees has been a dream of his since he was a kid. “My dream was always very vivid and it never changed.”
Jeter achieved this dream spending his entire 18-year career at shortstop for the Yankees. According to ESPN.com MLB statistics, he has batted in 2602 games, all for the Yankees from 1995 to 2013. Up to this point he has accumulated a .312 batting average. He also spent his career playing 2544 games at shortstop, eventually taking on the role of captain as well. In 2011, following a rough season, Jeter collected his 3000th hit.
This accomplished Yankee contends that his goal for 2014 is to “soak in every moment of every day this year” before he moves onto the next chapter of his life. He has new dreams and aspirations, one of which is to begin a family of his own. First, he wants to help the Yankees win another championship.