Derek Jeter and David Ortiz may share one of the bitterest rivalries in baseball but that doesn't mean they don't respect each other.
With Jeter being a legend for the New York Yankees and Ortiz the same for the Boston Red Sox, few would expect them to publicly praise each other but Jeter's impending retirement has forced Ortiz to pay his respects.
During an interview on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Ortiz admitted he had nothing but nice things to say about the Jeter and believes everyone in the MLB will be worse off once he's retired.
“If there's one guy that the baseball game is gonna miss once he's retired, it's Derek,” David Ortiz said in an interview with SiriusXM.
“Derek is very professional; that's a guy that is all about the game, all about the business.
"He is one of the baseball players that I can tell you that pretty much his whole career has done everything perfectly right.
"And when I watch him play I get goose bumps. You know what I'm saying? That's one of the players that everybody wants to come and see. ... That's a player that definitely we're all gonna miss after he's done with baseball.”
The quotes from Ortiz come as a result of Jeter's shock announcement that he will retire from the game at the end of the 2014 season.
The all-time Yankees hits leader will leave the game with at least five World Series championships to his name.
Jeter ended an injury-ravaged 2013 season with 12 hits in 17 games.