A stop-by-stop look back at Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts so far.
April 2 — Astros
With former teammates Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Mike Stanton in attendance, the Astros presented Jeter with a pair of cowboy boots, a Stetson cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs. Jeter was also given golf lessons by noted golf coach Butch Harmon. “I need lessons from a lot of people when it comes to golf,” Jeter said. “If they have lessons and want to give them, I’m more than happy to accept them.”
May 7 — Angels
Towering high above everyone on the field, the personalize paddleboard presented by the Angels got a laugh out of Jeter. Jered Weaver, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout came out of the Angels dugout to make the presentation, carrying with them the massive piece of water sport equipment that was decorated with pinstripes, a Yankees logo on one end and Jeter’s familiar No. 2 on the other end.
May 11 — Brewers
Dick Groch, the Yankees scout who signed Jeter out of high school, now works for the Brewers and was on hand as Jeter was honored in Milwaukee. Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and manager Doug Melvin were also a part of the on-field presentation of a gold replica of Jeter’s Louisville Slugger bat along with a paid stay at the American Club, a golf trip to Whistling Straights in Wisconsin and a $10,000 donation to the Turn 2 Foundation. During the game, the Brewers used a recording of long-time Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard to introduce Jeter when he came to bat in the first inning.
May 15 — Mets
To commemorate Jeter’s final Subway Series, the Mets presented Jeter with a subway tile mosaic featuring pinstripes and Jeter’s iconic No. 2 in a mix of Yankees and Mets colors. They also commissioned the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken to create a custom Subway Series cake featuring the 4 and 7 trains in front of the No. 2. During a pregame press conference, the Mets also made a $22,222.22 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, using Jeter’s uniform number as the inspiration for a donation that more than doubled what most teams had contributed to the foundation.
May 20 — Cubs
Kind of following the lead of the Red Sox, who last year presented Mariano Rivera with the No. 42 from Fenway Park’s manual scoreboard, the Cubs gave Jeter one of the No. 2 placards from Wrigley Field’s own iconic scoreboard. Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” played on the public address system as the Cubs young shortstop standout Starlin Castro made the presentation.
May 25 — White Sox
Once a powerful hitter for both the Yankees and White Sox, retired slugger Ron Kittle built Jeter’s U.S. Cellular Field retirement gift. Kittle created a bench made of baseball equipment with bases as the seat, bats as the back and arm rests, and baseballs used for decoration and spacing. Long time White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko also presented Jeter with clay removed from the shortstop position at U.S. Cellular, plus a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
May 26 — Cardinals
Jeter’s rarely played in St. Louis, but in his final trip to Busch Stadium, the Cardinals brought out their own iconic shortstop and their own iconic No. 2. Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Red Schoendienst were on the field to present Jeter with a pair of specially designed cuff links with the likeness of Stan Musial. “When you’re a young player, you remember how guys treat you,” Jeter said. “And Ozzie always treated me well.” The Cardinals also made a donation of $10,000 to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
June 10 — Mariners
Jeter made his major-league debut in Seattle, and the Mariners presented him with a seat from the old Kingdome, where Jeter played his first game and got his first hit back in 1995. The Mariners also gave Jeter a base from Safeco Field along with a $5,000 donation to the Turn 2 Foundation. Longtime teammate Robinson Cano personally gave Jeter a Hublot watch inscribed with the message: “To Derek … thank you for showing me how to be a leader … with love and respect … RC.”
June 15 — Athletics
In his final trip to the Oakland ballpark near Napa Valley, Jeter was given a customized 2009 three litre Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet engraved with a special design. The A’s also tried to entice Jeter into a return visit by arranging for a private tour with the winemaker at the Abreu Vineyard, a stay at the Meadowood Resort and a meal at Mustards Grill, all in Napa Valley. With a nod toward Jeter’s uniform number, the A’s also made a $10,002 donation to the Turn 2 Foundation.
July 5 — Twins
Jeter was always a real menace against the Twins, and in honoring him during a pregame ceremony, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire jokingly asked Yankees manager Joe Girardi to keep Jeter on the bench for the last few games of the series. Gardenhire also said it had been “an honor and a pleasure” to share the field with Jeter. The Twins gave Jeter the second base bag used for the final game at the Metrodome – a game the Yankees won to clinch the 2009 division series – and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor presented Jeter with a $10,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation. Earlier in the year, Jeter had passed Molitor for eighth place on baseball’s all-time hits list.
July 10 — Indians
With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not far away, the Indians have added a musical touch to their retirement gifts. Last year, they gave Mariano Rivera a gold record. This year, they presented Jeter with a custom-painted Gibson Less Paul electric guitar. It came decorated with pinstripes and the No. 2, and presumably included some sort of instruction for how to bar an F chord. With former teammates Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi on the field, Jeter was also given a Lego mosaic created by Cleveland’s visiting clubhouse assistant manager, Wayne Peltz.
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