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Even though Jeter didn’t have a hit in either game, he said he is going home with good memories he is glad to have shared with his dear friend Rivera.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to come and got a chance to honor Mariano here in his home country,” Jeter said. “It’s an experience that I’ll forever remember.”

Jeter said he knows Rivera so well, the legendary reliever didn’t have to tell him how happy and proud he was to bring major league baseball to his home country.

“When you’re around someone for that long, they don’t necessarily have to tell you things,” Jeter said. “I could tell it meant a lot to him.”

“No one deserves it more than him,” he added.


Duran said he has been a Yankees fan for decades. At least since 1980, when after defeating Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal he traveled to New York to watch them. Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson dedicated a home run to him, gave him a jersey and the bat he used to hit the homer.

“I’m Yankeesta and I think it’s great the Yankees and Marlins are here for the people to enjoy them,” he said in Spanish. “I hope they bring more games like these ones to Panama.”

Duran, 62, captured the welterweight title in 1980 with a 15-round decision over Leonard. He lost the rematch against Leonard after he walked out of the fight saying “No more.”