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Red Sox recall fond memories of Derek Jeter

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is smiling at spring training but will be sad to see Yankees great Derek Jeter retire.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is smiling at spring training but will be sad to see Yankees great Derek Jeter retire.jim davis/globe staff

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Daniel Nava was cut from his college team and made it to the major leagues with the Red Sox via a twisting road that included stops in junior college and an independent league.

Yet when he encountered Derek Jeter on the field for the first time in 2010, the Yankees captain knew the story and made it a point to congratulate Nava and wish him well.

Those are the kind of moments Red Sox players will remember about Jeter, who announced Wednesday he would retire at the end of the season.

“That means a lot when it’s your first time,” Nava said Thursday after the Red Sox went through an informal workout at JetBlue Park.

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