The night fans at Fenway Park chanted 'Jeter'


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On the surface, it might have looked like somewhat of a nightmare for Jeter Downs. Four trips to the plate, three strikeouts.

Nope. Wednesday night was a dream come true for the 23-year-old.

"That was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life," Downs said after the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Tigers at Fenway Park. "I still can’t believe the game is over. It felt so fast. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted to but, oh well. The team got the win and that’s the most important thing."

For Downs, it was his introduction into major league baseball, getting a chance to start at third base - a position he hadn't played since Little League - while hitting ninth.

With his older brother Jerry (a former Red Sox minor-leaguer) looking on, Downs saw 15 pitches while converting his only chance in the field.

And just to cap off the night, Downs was serenaded by the Fenway fans, who chanted his name.

"Yeah, that was insane. I had to step out and take a deep breath," the rookie said. "I never had something like that happen before. So, yeah, that was definitely surreal to have the whole Fenway chanting my name, chanting for a Jeter. So, yeah, it was super cool and super exciting. I thank God every day for this opportunity."

And then there was this ... courtesy the "other" Jeter.

"Somebody just showed it to me," said Downs of the tweet. "That’s pretty cool. I met him a few years ago and to have him tweet that out, he was my idol growing up, named after him of course. Literally, I watched every single game I could when he was playing, the way he went about his business. That was super cool. I thank him for that."

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