Jeter Downs on his MLB debut, where he heard Red Sox fans chanting his name


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“It was definitely surreal to have the whole of Fenway chanting my name, cheering Jeter. It was so amazing and so exciting.”

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Jeter Downs after the Red Sox win on Wednesday night. Jim Davis/Globe Stuff

The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with A 6-2 win on Wednesday. Boston now heads to Cleveland to play the Guardians in a three-game series starting Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Jeter Downs comments after his first match: Probable Red Sox Jet Downs, who was summoned From minor leagues earlier this week, he made his Major League Baseball debut on Wednesday in the series finale against the Tigers.

Boston coach Alex Cora made the surprising decision to start Downs from third base instead of the usual Downs position (a short stopping point).

Although Downs finished the night 0-4 on the board, he made several strong defensive contributions despite not playing third base on a professional level.

“Honestly, I felt so relieved,” Downs said after the match. “I took the advice guys gave me, just go out there and be athletic. Play it like you’re playing short, which is what I did.”

The 23-year-old’s appearance may not have been ideal from a batting standpoint, but Downs kept the bigger picture in perspective.

“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Downs told reporters. “I still can’t believe what happened. I still can’t believe the game is over. I felt so fast. I didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but ok. The team won and that’s the most important thing.”

One of the moments Downs was asked about was when Red Sox fans started cheering at the bottom of the eighth inning, hoping to inspire the player to get his first hit in MLB.

It was a one-of-a-kind experience as it featured chants in Fenway Park for “Jeter,” a name that historically had a very different meaning to Red Sox fans.

“That was crazy,” Downs admitted. “I had to go out and take a deep breath. Nothing like this had happened before. It was definitely surreal to have the entire Fenway chanting my name, chanting for Jeter. It was so amazing and so exciting. I thank God every day for this opportunity.”

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