The New York Yankees today announced plans to celebrate the career of shortstop Derek Jeter during the month of September. Named the 11th captain in team history on June 3, 2003, Jeter is the Yankees' all-time leader in hits (3,445), games (2,723), stolen bases (357), at-bats (11,108), singles (2,581), doubles (539) and hit by pitches (168). He currently ranks sixth on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list.
The Yankees will host Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 7, prior to their scheduled 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Kansas City Royals. Former teammates, family members and other guests are expected to take part in a special pregame ceremony highlighting Jeter's career. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by noon.
As part of the day's celebration, the Yankees will wear a patch depicting Jeter's final season logo on the left sleeve of their uniform and cap. The patch will be worn by the team from September 7 through the end of the 2014 season.
New Era recently introduced a limited-edition Derek Jeter Collectible Cap Set. The collection includes three hats that celebrate Jeter's five World Championships, his 3,000 hits milestone and his upcoming retirement. Only 2,014 units have been created and are currently being sold exclusively at the Yankee Stadium team stores while supplies last.
Beginning on Thursday, September 18, Yankees fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition Derek Jeter commemorative issue of Yankees Magazine, the team's official game-day program. The special issue will provide an exclusive look back at Jeter's career in pinstripes, from his first mention in the publication in 1992 through coverage of the September 7 ceremony.
Among the highlights to be featured include a complete retrospective of Jeter's 20-year career, a Q&A with Jeter and Ernie Banks, his parents' recollection of his development from young Yankees fan to the franchise's 11th captain, and a four-panel centerpiece featuring a graphical retelling of Jeter's career highlights.
The limited-edition commemorative publication will be available for purchase at Yankee Stadium, by calling (800) GO-YANKS [800-469-2657] or by visiting www.yankees.com/jetershop.
As part of a special pregame tribute video to be shown at Yankee Stadium prior to Jeter's final regular season home game on Thursday, September 25, a Yankees film crew will be taking to the streets of New York to gather personal tributes and thank you's from Yankees fans.
The Yankees are also conducting a "One Word for 2" social media campaign throughout the month of September on the team's official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Each day during the month, players and fans will be featured on each respective platform providing one word that they feel best describes Jeter along with their reasons for choosing it. Fans can tweet @Yankees or visit facebook.com/yankees and instagram.com/yankees to participate.
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