Updates from Thursday, July 10
MLB Fan Cave reveals gifts the Cleveland Indians gave to Derek Jeter on Thursday night:
Updates from Sunday, June 15
The Oakland Athletics honored Derek Jeter during Sunday's game (via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle):
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
ESPN's Darren Rovell shows a gift that Jeter got from former teammate Robinson Cano:
Updates from Monday, May 26
On Monday, the Cardinals honored Derek Jeter as the Yankees shortstop played his final game in St. Louis (via the Yankees):
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Derek Jeter may not have played many of his games at Wrigely Field, but that didn't stop the Cubs from giving him a farewell gift as his final season in the majors rolls on.
The organization gave him the No. 2 from the infamous Wrigley scoreboard, and Erik Boland of Newsday took a picture of Jeter holding it up at home plate:
It was declared Derek Jeter night according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago:
Updates from Thursday, May 15
The New York Mets honored Derek Jeter prior to tonight's game (via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News and the Mets on Twitter):
Updates from Sunday, May 11
The Milwaukee Brewers honored Derek Jeter before Sunday's game (via Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal):
Updates from Thursday, May 8
The Angels gifted Jeter something very appropriate for California:
Derek Jeter is really popular.
How popular is he?
Derek Jeter is so popular that, as he works through his farewell tour, teams around the league give him gifts during his final stops in each subsequent city.
The Houston Astros were first up on Wednesday afternoon, offering Jeets a set of golf clubs, a cowboy hat and a pair of boots. CSN Houston's Julia Morales provides a look at the clubs:
Newsday's David Lennon, meanwhile, offers a snapshot of the boots and hat:
Odds of Jeter ever wearing those boots? 1-in-10,000. Odds of me checking eBay furiously every day in an attempt to purchase those boots? Even money.
The charade that comes with Jeter's final season in the big leagues is starting to be taken to a silly level. ESPN recently fired up the "The Jeet Index" blog and it appears that teams are set on giving him ridiculous team-themed gifts that he really doesn't need.
In all seriousness, though, Jeter has done enough in his career to warrant the popularity and attention he's receiving.
Heading into his 20th season, the 39-year-old shortstop had tallied 256 home runs, 1,261 RBI, 1,876 runs scored, 525 doubles and 348 stolen bases while hitting .312/.381/.446.
Jeter has won five Silver Slugger Awards, five Gold Glove Awards, been named to 13 All-Star games and won five World Series titles with the Yankees. He was MVP of the 2000 Fall Classic.
Oh, and you can't forget being named the 11th greatest world leader.
During Spring Training, Jeter talked about his reluctance of ending his storied career, via MLB.com's Doug Miller:
I've just tried to not look forward to everything being over. If you call that soaking it in in Spring Training, I guess so. But I'm just trying to enjoy my time and not looking forward to it being over. That's the best way to put it.
Maybe receiving pinstriped boots from the Astros, some type of seafood from the Miami Marlins, or a beer from the Milwaukee Brewers will help ease the pain of his farewell tour.
Or maybe all these ceremonies will provide just enough distraction for him to end his legendary Yankees career with a bang.
Either way, we can't wait to see what he gets next.
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