So cool! The Red Sox opened their Sept. 28 game against the New York Yankees with a salute to Derek Jeter at Fenway Park. See the pic and find out how he was honored!
Derek Jeter‘s 20-year career with the New York Yankees came to an end on Sept. 28, when the team finished its season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. And even though Derek played for the Red Sox’s biggest rival, Boston and its fans obviously have a ton of respect for the legendary baseball player.
Derek Jeter Honored By Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park
The Red Sox opened Sunday’s game by commemorating Derek. According to NewsDay, “With Respect 2 Derek Jeter,” was revealed, one letter at a time, on the team’s manually operated scoreboard.
Derek was allegedly emotional while watching from the dugout.
Furthermore, following Derek’s entrance on the field, several former Red Sox players came out to honor him.
He was gifted with a pair of custom-made LL Bean navy blue boots with a Yankees logo, a special second base that had the Yankees’ pinstripes and his No. 2 on it, and a donation of $22,222.22 to Derek’s Turn 2 Foundation on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation.
The much-deserved presentation of gifts concluded with Derek receiving a metal placard, signed by the 2014 Red Sox. It read: “RE2PECT.”
The ceremony concluded with a live performance of the Aretha Franklin classic, “Respect.” The woman singing tried to get Derek to dance with her, but he wasn’t up for it. We’re sure he was just too emotional!
Derek Jeter Has RBI Hit In The Third Inning
Derek lined a hit out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in the first inning, and hit a high chop in the third inning that bounced off the right hand of third baseman Garin Cecchini. That play served as Derek’s final hit, his 3,465th to be exact.
Derek got a standing ovation as he ran off the field for the very last time.
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