We broke the news to my dad and Scott's dad the week before, and they were SO excited!! Steve declined at first since they had a family friend's daughter's wedding to attend the same day - but when Laurel found out about the game - she told him to skip the wedding!! What a sweet wife!
The dads drove up together and we headed to Fenway!
NYC Color Guard alongside Boston on the field
Red Sox Message to Jeter: With Re2pect to Derek Jeter
Past Red Sox captains came to celebrate Jeter: Carl Yastremski -
Jim Rice, Luis Tiant, Tim Wakefield, Rico Petrocelli, Jason Varitek and Fred Lynn. [Yes, I had to google it!]
Other prominent Boston sports figures came too - Bobby Orr (Bruins), Troy Brown (Patriots), Paul Pierce (Celtics)
And the entire 2014 Red Sox roster came out to shake his hand
Gifts from the Sox include: Second base from Dustin Pedroia,
$22,222 donation to his Turn 2 foundation,
Respect sign in Green Monster green
Lastly, local singer from the Voice, Michelle Brooks Thompson sang "R-E-S-P-E-C-T". A slight cord tangle kept her farther from the team than planned, and it looked like the guys out there were pressuring Jeter to dance with her! He opted for a hug instead.
Every time Jeter was at bat - the entire stadium was on their feet.
His last MLB at bat: He had a hit to 3rd which could have been an easy out, but the 3rd baseman, Garin Cecchini tipped it with his fingers and Jeter made it to first. He called out a pinch runner and with that - ended his run as an active Yankee player.
Great time with great guys !