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Derek Jeter rejects Red Sox offer for a Bob Sheppard 'introduction'

The Yankees' Derek Jeter waits on deck to

The Yankees' Derek Jeter waits on deck to bat in the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

BOSTON -- Playing shortstop isn't the only thing Derek Jeter left behind Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He also made sure the Bronx would the last place he'd be introduced by the legendary voice of Bob Sheppard.

The Red Sox hoped to use the Sheppard recording to honor Jeter during the final at-bats of his career at Fenway Park. But after both the Yankees and the Sheppard family gave their permission, Jeter nixed the idea before Friday's game, having his agent, Casey Close, inform Red Sox GM Ben Cherington of the decision.

Jeter did not speak with the media after Saturday's game. But Red Sox senior adviser Dr. Charles Steinberg said Jeter preferred to have the Sheppard introduction retired with him at Yankee Stadium.

Steinberg said the Sheppard intro was the overwhelming favorite of Red Sox fans as the way to honor Jeter at Fenway.

Having Sheppard's voice introduce Jeter outside Yankee Stadium is not without precedent. In 2010, two days after Sheppard's death, Jeter used the recording at the All-Star Game in Anaheim. Jeter also had it played during this year's Midsummer Classic at Target Field.

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