The Boston Red Sox honored New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before Sunday’s season finale at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox rolled out the red carpet, figuratively speaking, for the longtime Yankees captain. Jeter’s legendary career was recognized as part of a tasteful pregame ceremony that featured a cast of Boston legends.
Former Red Sox greats Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Rico Petrocelli, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Bobby Orr, Troy Brown and Paul Pierce — formerly of the Boston Bruins, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics, respectively — also made appearances, adding some additional Boston sports flavor to the festivities.
Perhaps the most emotional moment of the pregame ceremony involved Pete Frates, an ALS fighter who inspired the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” meeting Jeter on the Fenway infield after a video was shown of the Yankees shortstop accepting the challenge earlier this year.
It was a terrific send-off for one of the classiest players in Major League Baseball history.