Farewell to Derek Jeter
BY: PATRICK PHAM
It was a memorable Sunday at Fenway Park for Derek Jeter, fans chanting his name and even Boston’s own Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins, Troy Brown of the New England Patriots and Paul Pierce, former player of the Boston Celtics, all came out showing their “Re2pect” for the Jeter. Boston went all out showing their gratitude for everything Jeter has done. They showed highlights of the longtime rivalry between Boston and the Yankees and had “With Respect 2 Derek Jeter” on the Green Monster. Dustin Pedroia, second baseman of the Red Sox handed Jeter a striped base with the No. 2 on the front and on the back, with all the names of all the Red Sox players.
They made a donation of $22,222.22 to his charity, Turn 2 Foundation and proceeded to a video of Jeter participating in the ALS challenge. In the video he acknowledged an ALS victim and former Boston College baseball player, Peter Frates who came out onto the field in a wheelchair to congratulate Jeter.
Michelle Brooks Thompson, contestant from The Voice, sang the National Anthem as well as Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Respect” for Jeter. Also, Jeter’s former teammate from 1995-2006, Bernie Williams sang “Take Me Out” to the ballgame at the seventh inning stretch.
These two teams put aside their past to pay respect to one of MLB’s greats also known as “The Captain.” As for his final game, Jeter lined out his first at-bat then hit an infield single allowing Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees to score. After, Brian McCann came in as the pinch runner for Jeter and fans along with his teammates applauded him.
It was another picture-perfect moment for Jeter, much like the Yankees’ Thursday game in the Bronx which concluded with Jeter hitting a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles, driving in the game-winning run which the Yankees won, 6-5.
Jeter certainly has left MLB with more than just 20 years experience, but also 14 all-star appearances and five World Series rings. He’s played in 2,747 games, the 26th most in major league history; has 3,465 hits, the sixth most of all time; and 1,920 runs scored, the ninth most of all time. His post-retirement plans include, of course, resting but also to work more on Jeter Publishing, furthering his interest in books, film, music and business.