Sep 28, 2014 11:13 PM

Derek Jeter ends career with RBI single in Yankees 9-5 win over Red Sox

BOSTON – The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a bare-handed play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 – sixth all-time, and the most in franchise history – along with the 1,311th RBI of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the face of baseball. Jeter bid baseball adieu with an RBI single on a chopper, a dugout full of hugs and a final wave to the fans on Sunday, concluding his Hall of Fame career by helping the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5. “In an era where few heroes exist, over a 20-year span he represented the sport and himself in an absolutely magnificent way. It’s almost hard to believe,” commissioner Bud Selig said this weekend when he stopped by Fenway for his own farewell tour. “He makes one proud.” Three days after an emotional farewell in New York, pinstripe-wearing fans filled Fenway Park for Jeter’s finale, chanting for him and the visiting Yankees and standing for each of his at-bats.


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