Sox, Former Captains Honor Jeter in Pregame Ceremony – Boston.com
The Red Sox celebrated the career of Derek Jeter in a moving pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Yankee captain’s last game.
A group of Red Sox legends that included Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn, and Rico Petrocelli were among the first to come out to greet Jeter after he was introduced to the crowd and took the field at his familiar shortstop position.
A trio of former Boston team captains — Bobby Orr, Troy Brown, and former Celtic Paul Pierce also participated in the tribute to No. 2.
Former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates also joined Jeter on the field for festivities after a video of Jeter’s ALS ice bucket challenge from Aug. 19 was shown on the Fenway video screen.
Frates, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012, initiated the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraising campaign that went viral this summer.
Jeter would be in the game for only two at-bats in the final game of his 20-year major league career.
In his first at-bat, Jeter lined out to Red Sox shortstop Jemile Weeks but the next time up, Jeter delivered a run-scoring infield single and left the game to a standing ovation and chants of DER-ek JE-ter.
The final hit for Jeter was a high chop that bounced off a hand of Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini. After he scampered to first, Brian McCann trotted from the dugout to pinch run for him.
On his way to the Yankee dugout, Jeter pointed to the Red Sox dugout and embraced Sox starter Clay Buchholz. As he approached the Yankees dugout, he waved his cap and was hugged on the warning tack by Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner and other teammates.
Red Sox players stood in their dugout and applauded as Jeter left the field.
Jeter will be speaking to the assembled media at Fenway after …read more