BOSTON (AP) – On the last day of his remarkable career, Derek Jeter performed one final amazing feat.
He brought Yankees and Red Sox fans together.
The rich and often antagonistic rivalry showed its softer side Sunday: A pregame ceremony honoring New York’s retiring captain produced numerous standing ovations from a crowd filled with shirts from both teams. Jeter tipped his helmet to fans when he left the game for a pinch runner in the third inning after driving in a run with an infield single that raised his career batting average to .310 and helped spark the Yankees to a 9-5 victory in the final game of a season that saw both New York and Boston fail to make the playoffs.
Jeter had no idea that past captains of local pro teams would come out of the Red Sox dugout to embrace him as he stood on the outfield grass just behind shortstop during the ceremony.
“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, “and for them to flip the switch this last time coming here made me feel extremely proud.”