Yankee captain Derek Jeter announced his retirement via his facebook page wednesday afternoon. The-19-year veteran's career is flooded with accolades that include reaching the 3,000 hits club, five gold gloves, 13 all-star game appearances and more. DJ's digital announcement read:
I want to start by saying thank you.
I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up. 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.
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. The ont thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.
So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100% sure.
And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.
Click here to visit Jeter's facebook page and read his letter in its entirety.