During their recent visit to the Stadium this past weekend, the Cincinnati Reds surprised more than a few people when they joined the Derek Jeter Gift Parade. Up until then, it was assumed (by me, at least) that opposing teams would honor Jeter only on the road. However, the Reds changed all of that.
Jeter received signed jerseys of former Reds captain/shortstops Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin, framed with pictures of Jeter playing at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Smart Yankees fans will remember that Jeter was named team captain during a series there in June of 2003. The gift was presented by Reds GM Walt Jocketty and Todd Frazier.
Analysis: The Reds took all the tie-ins related to this gift and made them into a nice big bow. Three captain/shortstops, Jeter's much-talked-about relationship with Todd Frazier and memories of that day back in June of 2003 were all on display during this presentation. Perfect.
Rating: On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 1 being garbage-- 10
More gifts reviews on the way, including one for the biggest gift of all, on September 7th at Yankee Stadium. Btw, that game is already the most expensive MLB game on the secondary market. Are you surprised? I'm not. Read all about it here.