Per Jeter's request, Red Sox not using Sheppard introduction

Boston PA announcer will introduce final at-bats of retiring Yankees legend

Per Jeter's request, Red Sox not using Sheppard introduction

BOSTON -- The Red Sox had planned to use the late Bob Sheppard's recorded introduction of Derek Jeter's name for each of his at-bats this weekend at Fenway Park, but at Jeter's request, they will not do so.

According to a Yankees spokesperson, Jeter preferred that the last in-game use of Sheppard's recording came Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, when Jeter lined a walk-off single in the Yankees' 6-5 win over the Orioles.

Sheppard's last official game at the microphone came in 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium; he passed away in 2010 at age 99. Last week, Jeter reflected on his decision to continue using Sheppard's recorded voice for his Yankee Stadium at-bats, which Sheppard called "one of the greatest compliments I have ever received."

"That was an idea I had a few years before he passed away, to record him announcing it," Jeter said. "Because that's the only voice I had heard growing up, and that's the only voice I wanted to hear when I was announced at home. And fortunately he agreed to do it.

"It was something that I thought was special, especially to the fans. I thought he was special to the fans, and he was a very important member of this organization."

Jeter plans to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter against Boston on Saturday and Sunday, so the final at-bats of Jeter's career will be introduced by Red Sox public address announcer Henry Mahegan.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.