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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Clemens will say farewell to Jeter at ceremony in Houston

Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Roger Clemens is standing right in Derek Jeter’s gift box!

The first stop on the Derek Jeter Long Goodbye Tour will be in Houston the opening series of the season. It should be one memorable tribute, especially when you consider who will be taking a large part in the event — Roger Clemens.

“Roger is going to be driving the bus,’’ Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told The Post Monday at Roger Dean Stadium. “I’m sure it will be something special.’’

Clemens is a special assistant to Luhnow. Clemens spent six seasons with the Yankees and won two world championships with Jeter.

...Luhnow said he is looking forward to making the Jeter ceremony a teaching point to his young, improving team.

“To have Mariano to finish the season at Minute Maid Park and to be able to recognize him and to follow up and be able to open up against the Yankees and Derek Jeter this year, we want those types of players in our system,’’ Luhnow said. “We hope that some of those guys are already there. The more our young players can see greatness like that and model themselves after two of the greatest players who ever played and did it the right way the whole time, that’s something we really want our guys to appreciate.

“They’ll be on the top step. I got to stand next to Mariano when we presented the gift to him and I felt blessed to be out there. We had a chance to chat in Spanish, which was fun. Even though Mariano’s playing career is over, he is going to do amazing things with the rest of his life.’’

Repoz Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:12 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BDC Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4665970)
Jeez, this is like Thomas Jefferson saying farewell to Lafayette.
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4665979)
I'm already tired of this.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4665984)
I'm already tired of this.


I honestly think that most of peoples' backlash against this is the constant media coverage, but more than that the constant re-posting of that coverage on BTF.
   4. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4666001)

I honestly think that most of peoples' backlash against this is the constant media coverage, but more than that the constant re-posting of that coverage on BTF.


I agree. It's really not that hard to avoid this stuff. I have friends who used to ##### and moan about ESPN's endless coverage of Brett Favre's annual retire/not retire dance. I found that if I didn't watch ESPN it wasn't a bother.

The ballwashing of Jeter can get tiresome but for better or worse he is probably the MLB player with the most positive reputation among casual fans across the past 20 years. It's good for baseball to have someone who gets positive press rather than the endless PED stories that seem to permeate the coverage of MLB.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4666114)
“Roger is going to be driving the bus,’’ Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told The Post Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Makes sense since Roger has experience driving the train with Captain Clutch.
   6. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4666115)
So #4 is saying we should just abandon BTF until after this baseball season? Or send a hit squad to stop Repoz from posting so much of this stuff?
   7. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4666118)
Or send a hit squad to stop Repoz from posting so much of this stuff?


This one.

He's the one who posted all the political links, too.
   8. Koot Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4666122)
I hope the Bud Selig retirement tour gets this much coverage!
   9. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4666126)
I hope Bud Selig takes the field in each of the 30 ballparks to receive the adulation of fans, but instead gets a pie in the face each time. Now that would be entertaining!
   10. attaboy Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4666130)
rather than making bets for BB-Ref pages, why not start up a collection to get someone to plant PED's on Jeter or taint his MLB test specimen? I'd contribute to that!
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4666137)
I hope Bud Selig takes the field in each of the 30 ballparks to receive the adulation of fans, but instead gets a pie in the face each time. Now that would be entertaining!


I hope he gets treated like Pete Rose at Wrestlemania in every park.
   12. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4666143)
So #4 is saying we should just abandon BTF until after this baseball season? Or send a hit squad to stop Repoz from posting so much of this stuff?


Or just ignore these threads. There are (particularly once games start) plenty of things to discuss about baseball. If you want to see different articles posted, submit them. I don't submit often but when I do it gets posted.
   13. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4666159)
Or just ignore these threads.


I strongly suspect that if people stopped responding to them, they'd eventually stop appearing.

Very unlikely, of course.
   14. Perry Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4666271)
“Roger is going to be driving the bus,’’ Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told The Post Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.


I really like the thought of Roger Clemens driving a bus. I mean like, for a living, like Dusty Rhodes ended up doing.
   15. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4666276)
I really like the thought of Roger Clemens driving a bus. I mean like, for a living

I bet we can all guess the secret ingredient in Clemmar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer.
   16. Good cripple hitter Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:04 PM (#4666341)
I really like the thought of Roger Clemens driving a bus. I mean like, for a living, like Dusty Rhodes ended up doing.


Now that's hard times!
   17. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4666365)
Or just ignore these threads. There are (particularly once games start) plenty of things to discuss about baseball. If you want to see different articles posted, submit them. I don't submit often but when I do it gets posted.

I don't understand this explosion of non-baseball threads here. It seemed for a while a couple years ago there was one random thread or another. Now it seems that it's mandatory to have an offtopic politics thread, an OT NHL thread, an OT NBA thread, an OT NFL thread, etc. ad nauseum. Why not just duplicate SB Nation and get it over with?

I wish nobody would post to those non-baseball threads, but agree with gef that it will never happen. Instead I look over to the right and the top hot topics are usually the junk that leaves me cold. I wish we could limit the discussion to baseball here because there are plenty of other places to discuss that other stuff.

And look at me taking this topic off topic. Will it never end?
   18. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: March 05, 2014 at 01:16 AM (#4666571)
@17 - Crimea River.
   19. Monty Posted: March 05, 2014 at 01:35 AM (#4666574)
The first stop on the Derek Jeter Long Goodbye Tour will be in Houston the opening series of the season. It should be one memorable tribute


I bet it isn't. The Red Sox stop might be memorable, and of course his last game in New York will involve jet fighters and celebrities and literal angels from Heaven singing his praises, but the Astros stop? No one's going to remember that two minutes after it's over.
   20. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: March 05, 2014 at 01:57 AM (#4666575)
I've come to the point where I'm hoping Jeter goes 8/61 through mid-May and decides to just go ahead and hang it up then, which would be a classy move.
   21. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 05, 2014 at 02:02 AM (#4666576)
Too bad the Astros don't still play at the Astrodome - they could have unveiled The Apotheosis of Derek Jeter in the "Rotunda", although perhaps that would be more fitting in Tampa.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 05, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4667000)
Looks like the ticket demand for the Captain's Final Journey has created some problems - StubHub Penalizing Ticket Sellers Re-listing Jeter Farewell Tickets:
Ticket brokers who didn't follow through with the tickets they sold in the hours after Derek Jeter's retirement are being held accountable by resale ticket marketplace StubHub. The site informed those who sold tickets, but then relisted them to try to get a higher price, that they now have the choice of honoring the original sale or they can keep the current listing, but Stubhub will find tickets at the current market price for the original buyer and charge the broker's credit card. Those who already sold the ticket at a relisted price also will have to pay Stubhub a fee to provide tickets to the original buyer for the game they had purchased.

StubHub allows sellers to cancel sales, but not in the quantity that happened after Jeter announced his retirement on Feb 13. In the hour after Jeter's announcement, the cheapest ticket to the Yankees' final game of the 2014 season against the Red Sox at Fenway rose from $26 to more than $200, while the listing on all tickets rose by more than 250 percent.

Will the credit card companies allow StubHub's additional charges?
   23. Publius Publicola Posted: March 05, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4667004)
I wonder if Mindy McCready's problems stemmed from never receiving a gift basket from Roger?
   24. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: March 05, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4667015)
Instead I look over to the right and the top hot topics are usually the junk that leaves me cold.

I was looking forward to the ability to choose what to see in the Hot Topics bar, but I don't think it ever materialized. I mean, if I could just say that I didn't want to see the politics, soccer, NBA, NFL, NCAA threads, then the Hot Topics would be more useful.
   25. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 05, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4667050)

I was looking forward to the ability to choose what to see in the Hot Topics bar, but I don't think it ever materialized. I mean, if I could just say that I didn't want to see the politics, soccer, NBA, NFL, NCAA threads, then the Hot Topics would be more useful.


Yes, I'd like to see an opt-in feature for any OT thread.
   26. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 06, 2014 at 12:18 AM (#4667060)
I don't understand this explosion of non-baseball threads here. It seemed for a while a couple years ago there was one random thread or another. Now it seems that it's mandatory to have an offtopic politics thread, an OT NHL thread, an OT NBA thread, an OT NFL thread, etc. ad nauseum. Why not just duplicate SB Nation and get it over with?

I wish nobody would post to those non-baseball threads, but agree with gef that it will never happen. Instead I look over to the right and the top hot topics are usually the junk that leaves me cold. I wish we could limit the discussion to baseball here because there are plenty of other places to discuss that other stuff.


One of the reasons for the OT threads is that many people here aren't interested in baseball only. Get used to it. If that weren't the case, then those OT threads would die a natural death and drop out of sight. But one of the best things about BTF is that the Hot Topics column reflects the actual interest in the represented subjects, rather than some microfocused agenda imposed from above. That's not to everyone's taste, but neither are endless threads on how overrated or underrated Derek Jeter is, or how Babe Ruth's consumption of goat testicles means that steroids are just another PED. And if a thread you're interested in doesn't attract enough comments to keep it alive, what do you think that's telling you?



   27. frannyzoo Posted: March 06, 2014 at 12:41 AM (#4667063)
I go to the baseball threads to learn stuff I don't know (needless to say, that's not why I'm at this thread now) and the OT to talk stuff I tend to know just about as well as the others on the thread. I like the OT politics split, as I have no interest (and there's 8000 messages a month and a ton of cow pies I don't have to spend time avoiding). The OT sports threads have one GIANT thing going for them, they are populated, largely, by folks who don't claim to be experts or anything and just want a place a tad more sophisticated than the typical Yahoo comment-level milieu at many popular boards for that sport (e.g., soccer/football).

That said, I very much like to read the back and forth of experts here on the baseball stuff. I learn a bunch, and learn to "ignore" a few. Still, the OTs are where I spend about 30-40% of my time here, on average.

Then there are the joke threads, which is what brought me to this particular one.

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