The Yankees' Derek Jeter, second from right, is

September 28, 2014 1:24 PM
By MARK LA MONICA [email protected]

The Yankees’ Derek Jeter, second from right, is presented with a sign by Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, center, and Xander Bogaerts, second from left, before the last game of Jeter’s career Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Fenway Park in Boston. Watching are former Red Sox standouts Jim Rice, left, and Carl Yastrzemski, right. (Credit: AP / Steven Senne)

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BOSTON – The final pre-game ceremony for Derek Jeter began in the second-best place possible for the career Yankee: Fenway Park.

The Red Sox opened with a salute to Jeter on its manually operated scoreboard on the Green Monster in leftfield. One letter was revealed at a time, culminating in this phrase: “With Respect 2 Derek Jeter.”

Jeter was emotional while watching from the dugout. As he introduced and took his position at shortstop — alone in the infield and among just a few people on the actual field — for the cermeony, Jeter looked even more emotional.

Several former Red Sox players came out to the field to honor Jeter, including Tim Wakefield, whose 34 hits allowed to Jeter is the most of any pitcher.

Boston sports legends also joined in including Bobby Orr (Bruins), Troy Brown (Patriots) and Paul Pierce (Celtics).

Boston third-base coach Brian Butterfield, Jeter’s minor-league instructor, presented Jeter with a pair of custom-made LL Bean navy blue boots with a Yankees logo. The entire group of active Red Sox players then walked out toward Jeter to celebrate him in a receiving line resembling a wedding ceremony.

There were hugs and handshakes, smiles and selfies. Three of those four things existed in pop culture when Jeter debuted in 1995 as a call-up for injured shortstop Tony Fernandez.

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia presented Jeter with a special second base that had the Yankees’ …read more