Updated: September 25, 2014, 11:45 AM ET


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The long-awaited Fenway finale for Derek Jeter is Sunday, and the Boston Red Sox plan to mark the occasion with some type of ceremony — but don’t expect it to be an over-the-top affair.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, appearing on WEEI on Thursday morning, described what the team has planned as “low-key.”

“I don’t think you’ll see too many talking heads,” Lucchino said. “But there will be plenty of gestures of respect for him. In terms of tangible gifts for him, we’re not giving him a red convertible or something like that. What he cares most about these days is his Turn 2 Foundation. And we intend to make a sizable contribution to that, and to give a little piece of Fenway Park to take with him.”

Also during the interview, Lucchino talked about his team’s disappointing season and said, “I didn’t see this coming.” He described the situation as a “perfect storm.”

“We were not alone in being overly optimistic about this team,” he said. “I think if you go back to the predictions that were made by the sports writers and baseball people early on, there was plenty of optimism carried over from the world championship in 2013.

“But baseball is not only an unforgiving game, it’s also a very unpredictable game. And a lot of those things that worked so well last year, and breaks that came our way last year, were not present this year.”

Lucchino talked up the talent in the Red Sox organization, hinted at some big offseason moves, and predicted a turnaround in 2015.

“I think the opportunity for us to rebound, to retool, in the offseason is certainly there,” Lucchino said. “We have the financial wherewithal to take some important …read more