LADY AT THE BAT: Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Cleveland Indians

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Cleveland Indians

During this season, teams that have yet to make their farewell presentations to Derek Jeter have been afforded the opportunity to fine tune their offerings to the Captain, having already seen what has worked and what hasn't.  While I am not sure that this has happened with the Cleveland Indians,  they certainly made a huge splash last week, leaving many other teams laps behind.

1.  A Lego portrait of Jeter hitting his first Major League home run, right there in Cleveland, off Dennis Martinez, on April 2, 1996.  The portrait was presented by Indians president Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona.

2. A Gibson Les Paul electric guitar with a pinstripe design and Jeter's number 2 on it, presented by former teammates Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher.

Analysis:  Any gift by the Indians had to include a nod to Jeter's first MLB home run, and a Lego portrait is a very unique way to commemorate it.  Also, with Cleveland being home to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, a guitar speaks nothing but originality and puts the Indians over the top.  Giambi and Swisher's presence didn't hurt either.  One of the best presentations of the season.

Rating: On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being garbage and 10 being perfect-- 10

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