Red Sox show their respect before Derek Jeter’s final game – Boston Globe
Derek Jeter wasn’t sure what to expect. He knew the Red Sox would have a pregame ceremony Sunday to honor his 20-year career in Major League Baseball with the Yankees, but he didn’t know beyond that.
“It was hard to envision what would happen because this is a place where we’ve been an enemy for a long, long time,” Jeter said at Fenway Park after the final game of his year-long farewell tour. “For them to flip the script this last time coming here, it made me feel extremely proud and happy that I was a part of this rivalry.”
Now he has a part of the Green Monster, a green metal sign that reads “R2SPECT” in white writing. He has farewell wishes from a slew of Red Sox icons — Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Tim Wakefield, and Jason Varitek — and famous Boston sports figures — Bobby Orr of Bruins fame, Troy Brown of Patriots fame, and former Celtics captain Paul Pierce.
He has influenced fans in his biggest rival’s ballpark to chant his name out of respect, a word he said multiple times in his postgame news conference.
“I don’t know how many people could really unite a crowd like he did today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Such big rivals, so much history between the teams, which you would’ve thought it was one team in a sense today. I don’t know how many players can do that in any sport, but I think it shows you the respect he has even against your toughest rival.”
Jeter batted twice in the Yankees’ 9-5 win, hitting an RBI single in his second at-bat. He was removed from the game …read more