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Thursday, April 03, 2014

MLB.com: Astros Shower Jeter With Applause & Gifts

First there was the pair of Yankees pinstriped Lucchese cowboy boots, emblazoned with Jeter’s No. 2. Then came the Texas-size Stetson cowboy hat, seemingly a must-have for anyone who passes through Minute Maid Park on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Mike Stanton, all former teammates and all Houston residents, joined Jeter on the field to present the gifts, along with longtime Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton.

The ceremony also involved several big names from the golf world, in conjunction with the Shell Houston Open, which is taking place through April 6. . . . Crane, an accomplished golfer in his own right, owns the Floridian Golf Resort in Palm City, and he presented Jeter with a three-night stay at the resort as well as golf lessons from renowned teaching professional Butch Harmon. On behalf of the PGA, O’Meara, Wagner and Glover, Jeter was also presented a Titleist golf club set.

Nice gesture.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 03, 2014 at 02:31 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: derek jeter, golf, great baseball players, hall of fame, new york yankees, retirement tour, shortstop

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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4678623)
Derek Jeter has successfully fielded two ground balls through his first two games as the Yankee shortstop.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4678632)
MLB.com: Astros Shower Jeter With Applause & Gifts

Hopefully not in baskets...
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4678639)
I already find this all nauseating.
   4. Monty Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4678644)
Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Mike Stanton, all former teammates and all Houston residents, joined Jeter on the field to present the gifts


I will admit that this sounds more logical than the scene I was imagining.
   5. Sean Forman Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4678648)
He does have a rich history of playing in Houston after all, going 4 of 13 in a three-game set way back in 2008. The question won't be whether a writer suggests he become commissioner, but only how many.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4678705)
Before Jeter's first AB, the Astros left the dugout and the bullpen to give him a standing ovation. Even Michael Kay was confused by that. It's more than a bit over-the-top, but whatever. I think being nauseated by it is silly, you're just looking for something to be pissed off about.
   7. The_Ex Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4678712)
Where does this end? Who qualifies for gifts from their opponents? It looks like the more money you made in your career the more gifts you get. It's like corporate CEO retirment plans.

I would appreciate this is Jeter said make a donation to a local charity in my name. What does Jeter needs gifts for?
   8. Monty Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4678715)
What does Jeter needs gifts for?


He's got a pretty big house to decorate.
   9. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4678716)
I would appreciate this is Jeter said make a donation to a local charity in my name.


That's ... rather presumptuous of you, sir.

Would you claim the deduction on your taxes, too?
   10. Into the Void Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4678717)
I wonder what Jeter does with all this crap...throw it into the nearest trash can before leaving the ballpark?
   11. SteveM. Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4678723)
At least its not R. Kelly giving him a golden shower..
   12. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4678743)
I wonder what Jeter does with all this crap...throw it into the nearest trash can before leaving the ballpark?


Maybe not as callous as that, however I am sure most of it ends up in some storage facility or storage area of his own mansion. Most of it is just gaudy rubbish that no one in their right mind would consider putting on public display.

Not sure if he's still posting, but after Mariano's tour last year, I am sure Ray Diperna's head will explode by the second week of this.
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4678746)
What do the latter stages of the farewell tour look like if Jeter's as cooked as he's seemed this spring? Mo's continued excellence made his farewell tour seem valedictory, like a victory lap. If Jeter is hitting 180/280/270 and only getting to every second ground ball, then some of these events later in the year are going to feel a little bit tragic.
   14. Publius Publicola Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4678748)
I hope his next girlfriend likes line dancing to country music. Those boots are gonna make a nifty centerpiece for his next gift basket.
   15. Dudefella Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4678757)
Yeah Jeets, yeah Jeets.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4678764)
Assuming he only gets these in his last series in a city, and that the Yankees visit all AL East teams more than one series, we'll get a month's break from these - then resume with a vengeance in Anaheim May 4-6, Milwaukee May 9-11, Mets/CitiField May 14-15, Wrigleyville May 20-21, Comiskeyland May 22-24, and St. Louis May 26-28.

Plus three more in the first half of June - KC, Seattle, and Oakland.

I can't wait - the comments on Jeter threads are priceless.
   17. base ball chick Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4678766)
it was beyond total BARRRRRRFFFFFFF
especially the astros all coming out of the dugout and bowing down and touching their foreheads to the

ground

these Farewell Tours are disGUSting
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 03, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4678911)
What does Jeter needs gifts for?


Something tells me he might be a re-gifter.
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 03, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4678914)
I wonder what Jeter does with all this crap...throw it into the nearest trash can before leaving the ballpark?


Remember, Jeter had a front-row seat when all of this was going on with Mariano last year. Then he went out of his way to try to get the exact same treatment. So maybe he wants all that crap.
   20. base ball chick Posted: April 03, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4678923)
of course he wants to get the STAH!! treatment like Saint Mariano or he would not have announced his retirement like that
   21. Sean Forman Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4678934)
I look forward to buying some of these things at a Steiner Sports auction in sixteen years. I'm curious if everyone is going to do this. Is anyone going to skip this?
   22. GregD Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:22 PM (#4678939)
especially the astros all coming out of the dugout and bowing down and touching their foreheads to the

ground

wait, literally?
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:30 PM (#4678943)
Maybe the "gifts" are to thank Jeter for having worse career stats against Houston than any other team.

(Jeter has hit .209 with 9 hits and 4 walks, in his many memorable clashes against longtime AL rivals the Astros)
   24. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4678946)
Does that include the 23-pitcher no-hitter that included... who else but Octavio Dotel?
   25. Howie Menckel Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4678948)

$25,000 for Jeter game-worn 2011 postseason jersey

http://elite.steinersports.com/derek-jeter-jersey-ny-yankees-2-game-worn-grey-jersey-2011-alds-48-fj896926-0000001573.html

I would go for the 5K "Old Yankee Stadium Locker Used By Cody Ransom (Locker#3)"

http://elite.steinersports.com/old-yankee-stadium-locker-used-by-cody-ransom-locker3.html

   26. Repoz Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4678953)
Michael Kay's pre-game Jetease: "And tonight...this will be the last game Derek Jeter ever plays at Minute Maid Park!" (Jeter has played *5* games there in his career)
   27. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4678956)
Does that include the 23-pitcher no-hitter that included... who else but Octavio Dotel?

Why yes, Jeter distinguished himself that day by going 0 for 3 with a walk and three strikeouts.

He was one of the four Yankees who were K'd in the eighth inning by… who else? Octavio Dotel.
   28. theboyqueen Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:36 AM (#4678998)
This kind of garbage really makes baseball seem like a country club sport (having PGA pros involved doesn't help). I sure hope some fanbase has the courage to boo the crap out of him during these ceremonies.
   29. haven Posted: April 04, 2014 at 06:17 PM (#4679603)
I'm disappointed the Pirates play their series against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Jeter's goodbye to PNC Park would have been epic.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 04, 2014 at 07:21 PM (#4679637)
I sure hope some fanbase has the courage to boo the crap out of him during these ceremonies.

Real fans are far too classy for such behavior, as demonstrated by the standing ovation Jeter received in Houston. Only at BBTF are the haters represented in significant numbers.
   31. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: April 04, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4679650)
(Jeter has hit .209 with 9 hits and 4 walks, in his many memorable clashes against longtime AL rivals the Astros)


A nice wooden plaque with that inscription (embellished a bit, of course) would have been an amazingly awesome "gift".
   32. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 04, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4679658)
I think Fenway will be willing to boo. They half-booed Mariano and he was far less hated than Jetes.
   33. base ball chick Posted: April 04, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4679669)
gregD

no, they came out of the dugout and gave him a standing ovation before his first AB - and this is the SECOND day, and after all those **** gifts which was AFTER all the a$$skissing ceremony the FIRST game, you know, the ASTROS opening Day at the ASTROS park.

seriously WFT - you woulda thought saint jetah had spent most of his career as an astro. they made more fuss over him than any actual ASTRO. including wannabe Saint Biggio
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4679681)
Where does this end? Who qualifies for gifts from their opponents? It looks like the more money you made in your career the more gifts you get. It's like corporate CEO retirment plans.


It's not like there are a lot of players who are going to get this treatment. You need a long hof level career, primarily identified with one team, few if any controversies that could lead to a fan backlash on road parks, and an announced retirement sometime before the All star break of the current season.

Basically you have Rivera, Jeter, Chipper......of recent years, but probably not many others, and among current players, if Ichiro announced his retirement, he would probably be worthy of the accolades, although him being on the wrong team probably damps that likelihood.

Real fans are far too classy for such behavior, as demonstrated by the standing ovation Jeter received in Houston. Only at BBTF are the haters represented in significant numbers.


Agreed. Not sure why this is upsetting people so much. Even if you don't like the guy, who cares, a small event before the game starts, isn't going to ruin your day.
   35. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4679685)
Agreed. Not sure why this is upsetting people so much. Even if you don't like the guy, who cares, a small event before the game starts, isn't going to ruin your day.


No kidding. It's baseball teams and fans honoring a Hall of Famer player at the end of a long career. I don't know why the hell this brings out so many Primates' Inner Pearlman.

   36. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4679687)
I think Fenway will be willing to boo.

I'm sure they will.
   37. Howie Menckel Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4679693)
"No kidding. It's baseball teams and fans honoring a Hall of Famer player at the end of a long career. I don't know why the hell this brings out so many Primates' Inner Pearlman."

I'm not sure many Primates are angry as much as mystified.
Mariano had a nice theme of visiting with baseball lovers of all sorts in various cities, which is nice.
But the ceremonial, meaningless tchochkes presented at each site are preposterous and worthy of ridicule for all reasons cited elsewhere.
It would make far more sense for the $100M+ career players to show up in each host city and instead of receiving gifts, have a ceremony celebrating the donation of a check of theirs to build a youth center in the rough part of each city. That would be something for everyone to celebrate.

Not that either player doesn't do a lot of charity already, but it's lame to give sometimes expensive, meaningless, unappreciated gifts to extraordinarily wealthy players from opposing teams.

   38. Koot Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4679699)
Still waiting for the Bud Selig retirement tour to start.
   39. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4679700)
I'm not sure many Primates are angry as much as mystified.


That's not how it comes across to me.

it's lame to give sometimes expensive, meaningless, unappreciated gifts to extraordinarily wealthy players from opposing teams.


It's even lamer to get all hot and bothered about it.

   40. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4679705)
Not that either player doesn't do a lot of charity already, but it's lame to give sometimes expensive, meaningless, unappreciated gifts to extraordinarily wealthy players from opposing teams.

Many people who receive retirement gifts are in better financial shape than the people giving them. Hardly unique to MLB.
   41. Howie Menckel Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4679707)

"It's even lamer to get all hot and bothered about it."

You seem to be thinking that anyone who recognizes the absurdity must also be "hot and bothered about it." There are more landing places than that.

   42. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4679709)

You seem to be thinking that anyone who recognizes the absurdity must also be "hot and bothered about it." There are more landing places than that.


Pointing out the absurdity is fine. Getting nauseated (e.g. Post 3) is another. I'm talking about the many, many instances of the latter.

Many people who receive retirement gifts are in better financial shape than the people giving them.


In these cases, the people giving the retirement gifts are in much, much better financial shape than the ones getting them (though I suppose we can't put it past Crane to pass a hat around the clubhouse).

   43. Astroenteritis Posted: April 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4679904)
you woulda thought saint jetah had spent most of his career as an astro.


Well, he should have. But instead we got part of Phil Nevin's career.
Was at the game Thursday and couldn't help thinking how nice it would have been having Jeter, Biggio and Bagwell for a number of years.

Anyway, I applauded Jeter in his first at bat. He's been a great player, and I don't have any problems with the ceremonies and such. I have to wonder if Jeter will get tired of it, though.
   44. Rob_Wood Posted: April 05, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4679906)

I breathlessly await the appearance of Sacheen Littlefeather to accept the presents on Jeter's behalf since he finds the whole exercise demeaning and beneath him. She will begin to read a very long speech describing in great detail why Jetes will no longer participate in these "capitalistic demonstrations" when, after a few minutes of mute horror, the organist will break into catchy show-tunes and Littlefeather will be forcefully escorted off the field.
   45. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 05, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4680056)
People, people: Derek Jeter has CANCER. Let's cut the Astros some slack here.
   46. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 05, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4680057)
Yeah, that's right, he has CANCER, and he will courageously play this year until his body tells him that it can't take any more. So let's all chill.
   47. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4680067)
It's even lamer to get all hot and bothered about it.


And scolding people about that is the lamest.

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