Derek Jeter was hardly expecting a standing ovation as he grounded out in the ninth at Kauffman Stadium against Kansas City on Monday night, but that’s exactly what he got (ESPN, August 26).
“To have them cheering for you is a pretty awesome feeling. I never expect anything like that,” Jeter said. “But it’s something I’ll remember. I’ve enjoyed coming here and playing during my career. For them to show appreciation was pretty special.”
Jeter has consistently expressed his surprise from the admiration of fans throughout the league.
“I don’t ever expect it. But the way fans have treated me pretty much everywhere we’ve gone this year has been pretty special,” Said Jeter, who was also gifted a $10,000 check from the Royals for his charity before the game. “I don’t expect them to do it. But those are the things that I’ll take away. Each city we’ve gone to for the last time the fans have been awesome.”
Even after the shortstop notched two RBIs in an 8-1 victory over the home team, fans still cheered.
“There are probably some fans who’ve enjoyed booing me over the years and maybe they’re happy to see me go,” said Jeter. “But they’ve shown respect for me, and that’s why you play. You try to have respect for the game and when you get it in return, it feels good.”