LADY AT THE BAT: Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Boston Red Sox

Going into the final series of the 2014 season, the Boston Red Sox downplayed their plans to honor Derek Jeter, giving some the impression that no gifts would be included in the ceremony.  Obviously, they played things very close to the vest.

1. A pair of LL Bean duck boots featuring the Yankees interlocking NY logo, presented by Brian Butterfield, one of Jeter's minor league coaches.

2. A pinstriped second base, presented by Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia.

3. A metal placard with the word RE2PECT painted on it, presented by Red Sox players David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts.

4. A check for $22,222.22 for Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Analysis: If you look up the phrase "save the best for last" in an encyclopedia, a picture of this farewell ceremony would accompany the article about it. After getting it wrong with Mariano Rivera last year, the Red Sox came back big time with Derek Jeter. There is absolutely nothing to complain about.  From appearances by all the living team captains in the history of Boston sports to the founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the performance of "Respect" by "The Voice" contestant Michelle Brown-Thompson, this was the best Derek Jeter sendoff of the entire season.

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

So, there you have it.  The Derek Jeter Gift Meter is complete. For a complete look back, click here.

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