TAMPA, Fla. - The tributes for Derek Jeter haven't let up since the shortstop announced last month his intent to retire.
Tuesday it was David Ortiz of the rival Red Sox, who said watching Jeter play gives him "goose bumps."
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"If there's one guy that the baseball game is gonna miss once he's retired, it's Derek," Ortiz said on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio. "Derek is very professional, that's a guy that is all about the game, all about the business. He is one of the baseball players that I can tell you that pretty much his whole career has done everything perfectly right. And when I watch him play I get goose bumps."
"You know what I'm saying? That's one of the players that everybody wants to come and see."
Jeter is off to a slow start this spring, 0-for-9 after four games, including Tuesday night's 0-for-2 against the Orioles as the DH.
Lucky moment for Ryan
Jeter's backup, Brendan Ryan, had his glove knocked off by a smoked liner by Russ Canzler during batting practice Tuesday. The ball caught the fleshy part of the shortstop's left palm.
"It's sore but OK," said Ryan, who started Tuesday at short. "That was pretty scary."