Derek Jeter speaks with reporters about his upcoming retirement after the 2014 season.
Tampa, Florida -- For so many athletes, the headline would read, "So-and-so makes his last trip to Tampa."
But for Derek Jeter, one of the greatest to ever take the field, that wouldn't be true.
Tampa is not just Spring Training turf for the New York Yankees' captain. He's called this town home since 1993.
In a press conference on Wednesday morning at Tampa's Steinbrenner Field, he went into detail about his unexpected decision to retire after this season, saying that "this is the right time."
The Yankees captain unveiled his plans a week ago via a Facebook post. He had no prepared statement and just took questions at the press conference, saying, "I said everything that I wanted to say in my message."
Jeter battled through an injury-plagued 2013 season, appearing in only 17 games because of a myriad of problems, and said his decision had "nothing to do with how I feel physically" and declared that he feels great.
The 13-time All-Star, who turns 40 in June, felt the time was right.
"I think I've done it long enough and I look forward to doing some other things in my life," he said.
His career numbers are amazing. More than 3,300 hits. Thirteen All-Star games. And millions donated to charity, including here in Tampa Bay.
10 News talked with Jeter last year at a golf tournament he holds in Tampa to raise money for his Turn 2 Foundation, a nonprofit that helps keep kids off drugs and alcohol.
We asked, why settle in Tampa Bay?
"I grew up in Michigan, and in the offseason it was just way too cold," Jeter said with a smile.
"So I moved down here to be at our minor league complex that was here in Tampa, fell in love with it, and I've been here ever since."
He's retiring from Major League Baseball, but only turns 40 in June, so he'll be spending many more years as a strong part of our community.
That giving spirit is something he told 10 News he learned from his friend and former boss George Steinbrenner, who was also our neighbor in Tampa.
The Sports Network contributed to this report.
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