BOSTON - The final pre-game ceremony for Derek Jeter began in the second-best place possible for the career Yankee: Fenway Park.
The Red Sox opened with a salute to Jeter on its manually operated scoreboard on the Green Monster in leftfield. One letter was revealed at a time, culminating in this phrase: "With Re2pect 2 Derek Jeter."
Jeter was emotional while watching from the dugout. As he introduced and took his position at shortstop -- alone in the infield and among just a few people on the actual field -- for the cermeony, Jeter looked even more emotional.
Several former Red Sox players came out to the field to honor Jeter, including Tim Wakefield, whose 34 hits allowed to Jeter is the most of any pitcher.
Boston sports legends also joined in including Bobby Orr (Bruins), Troy Brown (Patriots) and Paul Pierce (Celtics).
Boston third-base coach Brian Butterfield, Jeter's minor-league instructor, presented Jeter with a pair of custom-made LL Bean navy blue boots with a Yankees logo. The entire group of active Red Sox players then walked out toward Jeter to celebrate him in a receiving line resembling a wedding ceremony.
There were hugs and handshakes, smiles and selfies. Three of those four things existed in pop culture when Jeter debuted in 1995 as a call-up for injured shortstop Tony Fernandez.
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia presented Jeter with a special second base that had the Yankees' pinstripes and his No. 2 on it.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz presented Jeter with a donation of $22,222.22 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation.
A video was then shown of Jeter taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Peter Frates, who started the challenge and is from the Boston area, came out to greet Jeter.
The Red Sox ended the presentation of gifts with a metal placard from the Green Monster, signed by the 2014 Red Sox. It read: "RE2PECT." Ortiz and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who grew up idolizing Jeter, presented the placard.
The ceremony concluded with a live performance of the Aretha Franklin classic, "Respect." Midway through the song, Jeter approached the woman singing it to thank her. She tried to get Jeter to dance with her. It didn't happen.