Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Rays gave both a farewell and a welcome home to Yankees captain and Tampa resident Derek Jeter.
1. A 16-foot kayak decorated with Yankee pinstripes and Jeter's number 2.
2. A framed jersey of Don Zimmer's, presented by his widow, Soot.
3. A $16,000 check payable to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, which breaks down to $50 for every Jeter hit off Rays pitching.
Analysis: The presentation started with a beautiful tribute on the Trop's video board, a video who's music alone was enough to bring tears to the eyes. The kayak was fitting for Jeter's Tampa Bay lifestyle and, I'm guessing he can keep it docked at "St Jetersburg." I loved the idea for the check as well, since Jeter has more hits off Rays pitching than an other opponent of the team. Mrs Zimmer's presentation and the presence of a Rays farm system executive who held the same position with the Yankees when Jeter's career started, tied the two teams together nicely.
Rating: On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 1 being garbage-- 10
Last, and hopefully, not least: The Boston Red Sox. Next weekend, at Fenway Park.