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Yankees Hike Ticket Prices 604 Percent for Jeter Night

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You'll need to fork over some major-league bucks if you want to get into Yankee Stadium to see Derek Jeter's number retired this spring.

Ticket prices for May 14's Derek Jeter Night at Yankee Stadium are as juiced up as The Captain's old teammate A-Rod - with seats going for as much as 604-percent over their regular cost.

Just to be stuck out in the bleachers to watch the Yankee legend's farewell fans will have to plunk down $140 to $155, according to the team's ticket Web site. That's a 181-percent increase over the bleacher prices for an Aug. 14 game against the Mets and a 604-percent increase over an April 13 game against the lowly Tampa Bay Rays.

And it's not just bleacher seats that are sky high for Jeter Night.

The prices for Yankee Stadium grandstand seating range from $150 to $160 for the 7:45 p.m. game against the Astros, when Jeter's No. 2 will be retired and a Monument Park plaque will be dedicated to The Captain.

That's up 414 percent from the Rays game ($10 to $31) and 391 percent over the Mets game ($10 to $45).

The varied ticket prices are common practice throughout baseball and, according to a person with knowledge of the Bronx Bombers' plan, the Yankees are the last major-league team to implement it.

Jeter will be the last of the Yankees' Core Four to be honored. Mariano Rivera's No. 42 was retired at the end of 2013, while Andy Pettitte's 46 and Jorge Posada's 20 were retired in 2015 .

Jeter's No. 2 will be the 21st number to be retired by the Yankees in their history, including all uniform numbers 1 through 10.

Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium in 2014 was a memorable one as the shortstop capped his Bronx career with a walkoff single to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

He finished his career as the team's all-time hits leader, with 3,465.

Since his career ended, Jeter hasn't spent much time at The Stadium, instead focusing on his postbaseball publishing career.

He established The Players Tribune Web site shortly after retiring.

Jeter and his supermodel wife, Hannah, recently announced they are expecting their first child, a girl.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner last week was asked about Jeter's lack of involvement with the team since his retirement.

"I don't want to speak for Derek, but there are no hard feelings there," Steinbrenner told The Post.

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