New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning visited Derek Jeter at batting practice Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium pay his respects and see the latter play for the last time.
The two future Hall of Famers chatted in between batting practice turns.
Manning and his younger brother Eli, the New York Giants’ star quarterback, were going to be Jeter’s guests in his suite for the Yankees’ game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Derek and I have been friends — he’s a couple years older than me, but we’ve been pretty much professionals at the same time. So I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time,” said Manning.
Jeter, the longtime Yankees captain who will turn 40 in June, announced back in February that he will retire at the end of the year, his 20th in the majors.
The two have been to each others games several times through the years and recently discussed retirement.
The 38-year-old Manning said that as long as he is enjoying the preparations and can still produce and help a team, he will keep on playing.
He added that he’s in New York also to see the retirement of another iconic figure, David Letterman.
“I’m doing [the David] Letterman [show] tomorrow night, so I’m paying my respects to him, who’s also retiring,” Manning said, chuckling. “I’m sad to see some of these guys retiring. I’m not far behind.”