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Derek Jeter proud of Fenway Park reception

Derek Jeter felt immense pride at the reception he was given at Fenway Park as the New York Yankees shortstop brought an end to his career.

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The 40-year-old bowed out of the game at the home of the Yankees' fiercest rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

The pair have fought numerous bitter battles over the years, but any animosity was put to one side as Fenway Park waved goodbye to Jeter.

Jeter had his 3,465th and final hit before exiting the Yankees' 9-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in the third inning, and afterwards he expressed his gratitude for the send-off he was given.

"This is a place where we were the enemy for a long, long time," he said.

"For them to flip the script this last time coming here, it made me feel extremely proud. I played out of respect for this rivalry and the fans here.

"I was ready for the end. When I got here I was just ready for my career to be over and just tried to have as much fun as I could.

"I want to be known as someone who has respect for the game, respect for your team-mates, respect for the fans ... play the game hard.

"I gave everything I had physically and I gave everything I had mentally during my time. Now it's time to step back and let somebody else play."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi echoed Jeter's sentiments.

"Such big rivals and so much history between the teams but you would have thought it was one team, in a sense, today," he said.

"I don't know how many players could do that in any sport. It shows you the respect he has, even against your toughest rival.

"There's been a lot of ugly times in this rivalry. But for one day, everyone came together."

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