Robertson, Frazier share Jeter memories

Right-hander played with the captain during his farewell season

Robertson, Frazier share Jeter memories

CHICAGO -- David Robertson's last year with the Yankees in 2014 also happened to be Derek Jeter's last season in the Bronx.

The two played together from 2008-14, and Robertson knows how deserving the captain is to have his jersey No. 2 retired on Sunday night in the Bronx.

"He was a great teammate," Robertson said. "I mean, from the first time I met him until the last time I saw him on the field, he was exceptional just to me and everyone around him. He took the game very seriously. He played real hard for so long and if anyone is worthy of having their number retired, it's Derek.

"We had a few good years in there. I can't imagine what it was like before when I got there. I was there for six years but he had already won four times. That is amazing. Just always level. He never changed. That's what made him who he was."

Todd Frazier was a standout on the 1998 Toms River Little League team claiming a championship over Japan. His New Jersey-based squad had the chance to go to Yankee Stadium to be honored that same season, producing a memorable picture of a young Frazier standing next to Jeter on the field.

That framed picture currently sits in Frazier's garage, with a place on the wall reserved in his bar area when it's completed in the offseason. Frazier also took part in Jeter's final All-Star Game.

"You don't hear anything bad about him," said Frazier of Jeter, who finished with 3,465 hits and five World Series titles over 20 seasons. "You think about it, Major League baseball player ends up now getting married and having a kid, he's living his life the right way. Very fortunate and very blessed. He played the game the right way.

"Glad to call him a friend. Just a happy-go-lucky guy. I think he said he wasn't afraid to fail and that's the biggest thing."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.