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Now the hard part, Jeter: Saying bye

Balancing pregame preparation with pregame praise is captain's monumental task

Updated: April 3, 2014, 12:31 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

HOUSTON -- Before a smaller crowd than you might find at a Texas high school football game under the Friday night lights, Derek Jeter did not pull a Mariano Rivera. He did not grab a microphone on the Minute Maid Park field like Rivera did last fall, when the closer apologized to the Houston fans for denying them the privilege of seeing him pitch for the final time.

Rivera wanted his emotional exit from the Yankee Stadium mound to stand as his long kiss goodbye, and rightfully so. "You ...

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