8/31/2014 1:36 P.M. ET
Jeter honored before series finale
By Chris Toman / Special to MLB.com
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays presented Derek Jeter with a vacation package to western Canada as a retirement gift prior to Sunday's series finale.
Jeter was handed the gift by Blue Jays players Mark Buehrle and Jose Bautista, and was also given a $10,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996 to promote healthy lifestyles among youth.
The vacation package -- created by the Blue Jays exclusively for Jeter -- was tabbed as "A Canadian Castle of the Rockies Experience" and is located in Banff National Park in the province of Alberta. It includes a three-night stay for Jeter and a guest at the Fairmont Banff Springs in a 1,500-square-foot royal suite, a helicopter tour of the Rockies, as well as a variety of private lessons.
"I will definitely use that one," Jeter said of the gift.
A montage of Jeter's career highlights was played on the video board, and the fans in attendance gave the Yankees' shortstop a standing ovation -- as they did every time he stepped to the plate throughout the course of the three-game series.
"The way the fans have treated me everywhere I have gone this year is something I never would have expected," Jeter said following New York's 4-3 loss. "It's definitely what I will take out of this last year when it's over with. I have gotten a lot of respect from the fans, and that's what you play the games for -- for the baseball fans. Even if they are not necessarily Yankee fans, they have treated me to long ovations. You appreciate that as a player."
Jeter went 1-for-5 in his final regular-season game in Toronto and finished the series with two hits in 14 at-bats.
"I just like the city," Jeter said, when asked what he will miss most about Toronto. "I have always enjoyed coming to this city. [Its] team has played us especially tough here. So baseball wise, I don't know if I'll miss it that much. I'll definitely miss this city, but I'll be back."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has witnessed a season-long sendoff for one of his star players before. It was just last year that closer Mariano Rivera retired after 19 seasons in the big leagues and was honored by visiting teams the same way Jeter has been. But Girardi hasn't gotten sick of it.
"It has been special," Girardi said of Jeter's farewell tour. "I think fans have shown him the utmost respect, being a visiting player in cities where he gets standing ovations numerous times in the ballpark. I think the fans have treated him well and are appreciative of the way he played the game."
Jeter finished Sunday's contest as the all-time leader in hits, runs scored and games played at Rogers Centre by a visiting player.
The Orioles, Rays and Red Sox are the remaining road teams the Yankees still have games against.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.