Yesterday the Red Sox received their 2004 championship rings and raised the banner noting it. Joe Torre’s Yankees, most of them anyway, took it all in from the visitor’s dugout. It was a gesture of respect and appreciation not unexpected from a group led by Mr. Torre.

“I’d never watched one. I was a little jealous, but they deserve it,” said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. “You respect what they accomplished. You know how hard it is to do.”

Also showing class and humor, Mariano Rivera flashed a big smile and waved when introduced, as the Fenway faithful gave him a long, loud cheer, contrasting the boos he received from Yankee fans last week.

“I didn’t know they loved me so much,” said the future resident of Cooperstown.