Derek Jeter: “I’ve had the greatest job in the world”

“It’s kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons have gone by so quickly. There’s so many people I want to thank, and I’ll get that opportunity to do that over the next few weeks, both publicly and privately. But I want to take a brief moment to thank the Steinbrenner family, to Mr. George Steinbrenner, for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career for the only organization I’ve ever wanted to play for.

“I want to thank my family and friends, who are all over. Thanks for all the love and support throughout the years, through the good times and more importantly, through the tough times. Thank you very much.

“My managers, coaches, trainers, teammates, both current and former, I’ve been blessed to play with the best and I wouldn’t want to compete without any of your guys. So thank you very much.

“Lastly, most importantly, I want to thank you – the fans. Anyone that’s here today, anyone that’s at home watching, anyone that’s ever been here over the course or watched during the last 20 seasons, thank you very much. You guys have all watched me grow up over the last 20 years; I’ve watched you too. Some of you guys are getting old too. But I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid the past 20 years.

“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…

And we’ve got a game to play.”

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