Before a game in which the Yankees had nine consecutive base hits off former Cy Young Award winner David Price, the Detroit Tigers gave Derek Jeter a sendoff for the ages.
1. A pair of seats from old Tigers Stadium, where Jeter watched games as he was growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
2. A trio of watercolor portraits of Jeter, each depicting different stages of him playing baseball in the state of Michigan: at Kalamazoo Central HS, in Tigers Stadium and in Comerica Park.
3. A check for $5,000, payable to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.
Analysis- I don't know which I like more: the gifts themselves or the presentation of them. Joba Chamberlain and Phil Coke, Jeter's teammates on the 2009 World Championship team, were on hand to help present. Jeter's high school coach was part of the ceremony, too, along with youth from the Jeter's Leaders Program.
In addition, Charles and Dorothy Jeter were on hand, along with Jeter's sister and his adorable nephew. In case you missed it, the little boy stole the show by doffing his cap when he was announced. Another nice touch were the disks filled with the dirt of the respective fields under each watercolor. The Detroit Tigers hit a home run in this ceremony for a Michigan kid who made good.
Rating: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect and 1 being garbage-- 10
Up next, a step back, to try and figure out just what the Kansas City Royals were thinking in their own presentation to The Captain.