‘I wanted 13, my dad wore 13’ – Derek Jeter reveals why New York Yankees didn’t give him jersey number of choice

In the past 15-20 years, there has probably been no better player than Yankees legend Derek Jeter. He is one of the few players in MLB history to have played for one team throughout their career. Jeter’s consistent gameplay and down-to-earth nature made him one of baseball’s greats.

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Besides his illustrious career with the Yankees, Jeter’s jersey number is another talking point in his career. Notably, after Jeter’s three-year retirement from MLB, the Yankees also retired his jersey number in 2017, honoring one of their greatest players of all time.

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Jeter’s number two for the Yankees is an iconic jersey number. But the same was never his first choice.

What jersey number did Derek Jeter want?

Much like his storied career, Jeter’s number two was equally iconic. But, according to Jeter himself, donning number two was never his first choice. Instead, the Yankees legend wanted to wear number 13, as his father also wore 13.

However, the New York Yankees were unable to assign him the jersey number of his choice. Because at that time, another Yankees player, James Laures, wore number 13.

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During a chat with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Players’ Tribune podcast, Jeter said he never wanted to wear the number two jersey.

“First of all, I haven’t decided. When I got there they gave me a number two. I think they gave it to me, because it was the smallest shirt. There was a guy named Mike Grieco, who wore number two before me,” said Derek Jeter.

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“I wanted a 13. My dad wore a 13, I always tried to wear a 13. But James Laures wore a 13, so I didn’t get a 13.”

Derek Jeter steps down as Miami Marlins

After nearly five years of association with the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter stepped down as the baseball team’s CEO on Tuesday. Notably, the Yankees legend held a 4% stake in the Marlins. But Jeter, in his statement, confirmed that he will no longer serve as an investor or shareholder of the Marlins.

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Besides the Miami Marlins, Jeter also owns The Players’ Tribune, a platform for athletes to connect with their fans in their own words.

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