Bobby Orr and Carl Yastrzemski join in farewell ceremony as Red Sox say … – New York Daily News
BOSTON — The Red Sox and Boston brought out their best to send Derek Jeter into retirement.
In a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park that lasted close to 30 minutes, Jeter found himself surrounded by Red Sox greats Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant and Rico Petrocelli. Of more recent vintage Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield were there as were Bruins icon Bobby Orr, Patriots receiver Troy Brown and former Celtics great Paul Pierce —who all were team captains.
“I didn’t expect it, to have all those guys come out, former athletes and former captains coming out,” Jeter said. “It was pretty special. I didn’t expect that.”
The sellout crowd at Fenway Park was in its seats 35 minutes before game time for the ceremony as a long montage played on the video scoreboard of Red Sox-Yankees history, with highlights and lowlights from both teams. The old manual scoreboard in the Green Monster displayed the message “WITH RESPECT 2 DEREK JETER.”
Jeter came out of the visitors’ dugout and stood on the grass behind the shortstop spot and the ovation and chants of his name washed over him. The bag at second base was replaced by a special pinstriped one with Jeter’s No. 2 on it.
After the Boston sports greats came out, all of the current Red Sox streamed from their dugout to congratulate Jeter, with David Ortiz leading the procession and Dustin Pedroia coming last and handing him the special base.
The Sox showed the video of Jeter taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the fight against ALS and then welcomed to the field former Boston College player Pete Frates, who is afflicted by ALS and started the movement.
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