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Derek Jeter accepted a $10,000 check from the Royals on Monday ... AP Images/Colin E. Braley

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sometimes the nicest things in life and baseball are the things you least expect.

Derek Jeter picked up a $10,000 check from the Kansas City Royals before the game, a gift from the team and the city for his charitable foundation. He knew that was coming.

He also had two RBIs in an 8-1 victory for the New York Yankees. While no one expects to drive in two runs, it hardly seems a surprise when a future Hall of Famer like Jeter turns the trick.

What he did not expect was what a stadium full off Kansas City fans did when he grounded out in the ninth inning in the final at-bat of his illustrious career in Kauffman Stadium.

As he jogged back to the dugout, people began clapping. Then they clapped louder before coming to their feet and giving the great Yankees shortstop a standing ovation.

"To have them cheering for you is a pretty awesome feeling. I never expect anything like that," he said. "But it's something I'll remember. I've enjoyed coming here and playing during my career. For them to show appreciation was pretty special."

Fans throughout the league have bowed low to the retiring Jeter all season, something which he feels speaks well of them.

"I don't ever expect it. But the way fans have treated me pretty much everywhere we've gone this year has been pretty special," he said. "I don't expect them to do it. But those are the things that I'll take away. Each city we've gone to for the last time the fans have been awesome."

As he reached the Yankees dugout, Jeter touched his cap in a salute to the fans on his right and then to the fans on his left.

"There are probably some fans who've enjoyed booing me over the years and maybe they're happy to see me go," he said with a grin. "But they've shown respect for me, and that's why you play. You try to have respect for the game and when you get it in return, it feels good."

A night to remember: Jacoby Ellsbury will have plenty of reason to remember the 8-1 victory over Kansas City on Monday. Not only did he hit a home run and go 3-for-5 with three RBIs. He also got career hit No. 1,000 -- an RBI single in the seventh. But 1,000 quickly gave way to No. 1,001 when he homered his next at-bat.

"It was pretty special," he said of hit No. 1,000. "They got the ball for me and it will definitely go into my collection case."