One by one, the great ones are hanging up their cleats. For Braves' fans, it has been Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and recently Chipper Jones.
Last season, the Yankees said farewell to closer Mariano Rivera and in 2014 Derek Jeter (39) will leave the game.
Jeter was welcomed to Champion Field Wednesday by over 10,000 Atlanta and New York fans. Braves' fans also had a chance to see catcher Brian McCann in a Yankee's uniform.
He signed numerous autographs, posed for photos, met with a young cancer battler, and seemed to always have a smile on his face. His parents attended the game. Jeter went 0-for-4 in the game
Jeter is a five-time World Series champion and regarded as a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to his hitting ability, base running, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,316), games played (2,602), stolen bases (348), and at bats (10,614). His accolades include thirteen All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award.
Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits.