Just like the rest of the world, Yankee executives were caught by surprise at the sudden announcement that their iconic shortstop would hang up his cleats following the 2014 season, reports the New York Daily News.
“We found out about it the same way you did,” Yankees President Randy Levine said of Jeter’s Facebook announcement.
The Yankee captain phoned Hal Steinbrenner Wednesday morning but asked the managing general partner not to tell anyone about his plans. Jeter had kept the news to a tight circle including his parents and a couple of friends.
“Derek called me this morning to tell me that he planned to retire following the season,” Steinbrenner said. “In our conversation, I told him that I respected his decision because I know he put a lot of thought into it. I also let him know that I thought it was great that he was letting fans know now so they will have a chance to say goodbye to him.”
And there won't be any shortage of goodbyes for the baseball great as MLB gears up for the farewell tour of all farewell tours this season.