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Derek Jeter honored with key to the city of Tampa on his last-ever day of spring training

Mar 30, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour has already begun. Before an ultimately-rained-out game Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field, the veteran shortstop was given a key to the city of Tampa …

Apparently that’s the kind of love and access you get as Planet Earth’s 11th Greatest Leader.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Why no just formally rename it St. Jetersburg?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      To go with St. Petersburg across he bay?

  2. Youknowimright - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Jeter then presented the mayor with a gift basket for his wife. The mayor then asked “what is this for?” Jeter quickly said “oh nothing” and walked away swiftly. Awkward.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I guess I should mentally prepare myself for another year-long goodbye wankfest.

  4. renaado - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Jeter you will always be remembered always ! Thank you for always being a role model to us, your passion and love for this sport are really something beautiful that no words can’t comprehend.. Thank you.

  5. theebbandflow - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    He seemed to get that out of the way as soon as possible.

  6. raysfan1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    On the one hand, Tampa is his home, so if anyplace other than NY is to honor, it’s Tampa. On the other hand, Tampa, the Rays are your local team–no reason you could not have just worked with St Pete on the honors that will no doubt be done later this season.

  7. charlutes - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    This is a serious question: Does the key to the city do anything, and if not, why do people award it to others?

    • raysfan1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      No. It is simply a token of honor. In medieval times cities had walls and gates, the key symbolizes bent allowed to come and go at will as friend or citizen of the city.

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