Derek Jeter announced earlier today that the 2014 season would be his last as a professional baseball player. The Yankees' captain has been one of the most popular figures in the sport for years, so naturally his announcement has caused a bit of a stir among Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike. Here's what the internet has had to say about Jeter's decision to hang them up for good.
Jeter will now get full Mariano treatment all year around majors. Folks who knew him wondered if he wouldn’t announce to avoid that #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 12, 2014
Avoiding the attention of a year-long farewell tour would have been the Jeter thing to do, but he has more than earned his right to go out with a bang.
Jeter's high school scouting report is always a great read. "This guy is special." pic.twitter.com/HyjkOvoiJw— Yankeesource (@YankeeSource) February 12, 2014
Statement from Commissioner Selig on Derek Jeter: pic.twitter.com/8cBwV3eUFO— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) February 12, 2014
Before Jeter injury recurred last spring, spoke about how high he could climb on hits list. Decision shows how much injury impacted him.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 12, 2014
No one wanted Jeter to hang around and be broken down. It's no surprise that his ankle surgery proved detrimental enough to possibly hurry his decision along.
Can't wait to see Derek in Spring Training and simply thank him for what he has done for the game of baseball.— Ken Singleton (@29alltime) February 12, 2014
Here's what our Twitter followers had to say about the announcement:
@pinstripealley Honestly, sobering. Better he did it after Mo. He'll go out on top, which is the only way he knows how.— Adam Rivera (@arivera3483) February 12, 2014
That is definitely the preferable outcome.
@pinstripealley Now huddled in the corner, rocking back and forth saying "No, No, No," over and over again.— Chris Trek (@chris_trek) February 12, 2014
We feel your pain, Chris.
@pinstripealley I knew it was coming, and I wish him well. But it's the end of the team of my childhood. I have never felt this old before!— Amanda Morris (@amanda384) February 12, 2014
It really does have a way of making you feel old.
@pinstripealley the wound is still fresh with Mo so it feels like somebody put salt on it with this news.— Danny Rivas (@dannyrivas85) February 12, 2014
I'm still not over The Hug of Eternal Feels, guys.
A true statement for many of us:
For my generation saying good bye to Derek Jeter is saying good bye to your childhood. Just glad we have the chance for a proper send off.— Ryan Ruocco (@RyanRuocco) February 12, 2014
It's sad now, but would have been much more sad if he hadn't announced it until the season was over. Gives us time to prepare our feels.
Several Yankee teammates who have been working out with Jeter the past week said Jeter didn't hint at anything about retirement to them.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) February 12, 2014
Get those retirement gifts ready, American League. Houston, you're on the clock. Minnesota, good luck topping that rocking chair.— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) February 12, 2014
Now taking bets on what the best/worst gift will be and which team will come up with it. Go.
What are your thoughts and feelings on Jeter's retirement announcement now that you've had a few hours to process the news?