The two sides met for their annual bouts in the regular season, and starting just before the turn of the century, they brought those hard-fought contests to the postseason. It was usually Jeter’s Yankees getting the best of Boston, who was still trying to end an 80+ year title drought (until that magical October in 2004), but if there was one player on the other side of the field that all the Boston players could respect, it was New York’s captain.
Now as Jeter gets ready to close out his career this weekend at Fenway Park, and with the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry cooling off a bit in recent years, the team that used to be his fiercest rivals have nothing but respect and admiration to pass along.
“He’s unbelievable. He’s a guy who has done it all in the game and has much respect from everybody,” Boston slugger David Ortiz said of Jeter. “You learn from him just by watching him. He deserves all the credit he gets.
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