Derek Jeter had a pregame visitor on the field at Yankee Stadium Sunday. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning met with the retiring Yankees captain, then watched the game from a suite with his brother Eli as guests of Jeter.
"We've been good friends," Peyton Manning said of Jeter. "I wanted to pay my respects to see him play for the last time . . . I wanted to get a good picture for my scrapbook. I really appreciate Derek's friendship. It's been a unique friendship."
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Manning, the losing quarterback in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in February, will appear on "The Late Show" with David Letterman Monday night. Letterman also is retiring. "It's sad to see some of these guys retiring," Manning said. "I'm not far behind."
Asked how far, he said: "[Jeter] and I talked about that . . . As long as I can still produce and help a team. I just don't want to be out there just hanging on. I hope I know when the right time is. I know it was hard for Derek. I know it'll be hard for me. But I can tell he's at peace with it and he's enjoying the season."
Manning turned 38 in March; Jeter turns 40 on June 26. Manning, who also chatted with Reggie Jackson and Paul O'Neill, said Jeter was a "mentor" to him in terms of his charitable work.
"Ha, ha," Jeter said. "Yeah. That's my role with the Manning family, to be a mentor."
Jeter (.240) was 0-for-4 and has two hits in his last 24 at-bats.
Alfredo Aceves threw 51/3 scoreless innings of relief. Aceves appeared to injure his right leg in the fifth, leading to a lengthy delay as he talked with the trainer and threw warm-up pitches, but he stayed in the game. Aceves would not say what the injury was and said the team doctor determined he is OK.