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Twins give Jeter last second base from the Metrodome

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Derek Jeter will play his last game in against the Twins in Minnesota on Sunday. He has received plenty of parting gifts from opposing teams this season as he says farewell to the game, and the Twins plated quite a pregame ceremony on Saturday.

“I’ve always tried to play the game the right way and I’ve always tried to have respect for my teammates, my opponents, the fans” Jeter said. “That’s just how I was brought up in this organization. People appreciate you for that, and I’m all for it. It’s great to have a long career, but if people respect you for how you’ve played, I think it makes it that much more special for me.”

The Twins gave the Yankees shortstop the last-ever second base used at the Metrodome, the Twins’ home before moving to Target Field. In that Game 3 of the 2009 America League Division, Jeter and the Yankees beat the Twins 4-1. Jeter ultimately played 52 games at the Dome, with 18 RBI and hitting .301.

“Great player, we all know the hits and the championships and the things that he’s done on the field, but I think just the way that he’s handled himself professionally and been a great stand-up guy for baseball – he’s been one of those role models that you want to look up to. You want everybody to say, ‘Look at this guy, look what’ he’s done,’ and how he’s handled himself,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Ever since he was a little kid, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has been a Jeter fan. Dozier loves to play against him and presented Jeter with the second base while Twins Hall of Famer Paul Molitor gave Jeter a $10,000 check for his foundation.

“I enjoy meeting a lot of the younger guys. I know it’s been a while, but I remember being on base and talking to Cal Ripken and, well, not really saying too much, I just sort of listened and looked so it’s kind of fun when the tables have turned a little bit,” Jeter said.

However, Jeter's not done playing at Target Field just yet -- he'll return to Minneapolis to start at shortstop in the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 at 7 p.m. CT on FOX.

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