You didn’t expect to hear that the Red Sox dissed Derek Jeter, did you?

Not that Jeter was above being abused in Boston. He told the story once of how two young women sitting near the on-deck circle in Fenway Park kept calling his name until he looked up, then unloaded a torrent of expletives that left him shaking his head. Probably wasn’t the only time that happened, either.

But at the Fenway South training facility here, where early arrivals conducted informal workouts again Thursday, there were only words of praise Thursday for the Yankees’ captain, who announced on his Facebook page that he plans to retire after the season.

“Surprised," said pitcher Clay Buchholz, “but the guy has done about as much as you can do in this game. Just a standout player, obviously a first-ballot Hall of Famer and always a really cool guy to me."

Buchholz, who said he grew up “idolizing” Jeter -- the Sox pitcher was 10 when Jeter made his big-league debut in 1995 -- said that in the last couple of years, Jeter always greeted him around the batting cage, offering a compliment if he’d pitched well the night before.

“He’s as down to earth as it gets. For someone to be captain of that team and that franchise for as long as he was there, and being able to keep everything on an even keel and do everything as a professional, it’s something that’s pretty special.

“He was always really personable to me. That’s something I’ll never forget.’’

Sox outfielder Daniel Nava said that in his rookie season of 2010, Jeter congratulated him for making it to the big leagues, and that other Sox rookies on the team at the time told him they were accorded the same treatment.

“I think we all know what Derek Jeter has represented in the game of baseball for a really long time," Nava said, “and his consistency speaks for itself."

For anyone beginning their career, Sox first baseman Mike Napoli said, they would do well to adopt Jeter as a model of how to conduct themselves, on and off the field.