Derek Jeter has announced that he will be retired after the 2014 season ends. The baseball ace and five time World Champion revealed in a Facebook post that last year's run had been too tough for him due to several injuries.
Jeter started by saying thank you. "I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up," the 39-year-old athlete wrote. "Well, for some reason, I've never had to wake up. Not just because of my time as a New York Yankee but also because I am living my dream every single day."
Jeter played only 17 games last season due to ankle injury. "Some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," the Yankees leader explained. "The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward."
He continued, "I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball." In the rest of his post, Jeter recalled his 20 years playing in the Bronx, saying his next focus would be helping the Yankees win the championship title again. "I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx," he wrote.
Jeter's last home game at Yankee Stadium will be against the Baltimore Orioles on September 25 while his final game will be at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on September 28. Accordingly, the ticket price for the Yankees-Red Sox game has gone up in value since his announcement. The average price for Red Sox-Yankees game is now around $398 or 59 percent higher, TiqIQ reports. Meanwhile, the home game ticket price average went from $304.87 to $803.54 in just two and a half hours.
"In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the national pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his - or any - era."