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Derek Jeter’s gift from the Mets is . . . actually pretty dang cool.

May 15, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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A lot of the retirement gifts retiring legends like Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter are odd. Either they try to hard on the symbolism — the broken bat rocking chair Mo got was inspired but what does one do with it? — they’re too pedestrian — “thanks, Astros. Did you get these cowboy boots in bulk?” — or they’re just plain weird.

But I gotta say, the gift the Mets gave Derek Jeter today as he closes out his final Subway Series is pretty spiffy:

I love it. It’s simple — just his number — but the subway tiles make it inspired and symbolic. He can hang that someplace in his stately pleasure dome and it’ll be attractive, one of a kind and a conversation starter. The charitable donation is pretty sweet too.

Nice going, Mets.

  1. blacksables - May 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Xanadu approves.

    • spursareold - May 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      As does Xanax

      • blacksables - May 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Words fail me.

      • infieldhit - May 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Xamot and Tomax laugh in unison.

    • behindenemyblogs - May 16, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      What was Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lifetime batting average again?

  2. El Bravo - May 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    The broken bat armchair isn’t a conversation starter?

  3. pjmitch - May 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    WAIT A MINUTE….You mean the Mets got something right?

    • blacksables - May 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Time and place, man. A nice gesture should never be an object of criticism.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Yeah. No one should make an innocent joke on a baseball blog. shame on him

    • pjmitch - May 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Yes, and as a Met fan since ’63, I have my rights!!!

  4. duneroad - May 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Too bad the check bounced

    • jerze2387 - May 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      its ok, it was post dated. Once theyre done paying bobby bonilla, it should clear

    • Caught Looking - May 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      It was paid in $2 bills

  5. thetxhammer - May 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I thought the broken bat chair was actually one of the better gifts, maybe that’s just me.

    • dan1111 - May 16, 2014 at 6:09 AM

      Yeah…”what does one do with it?” How about sit in it and rock!

  6. bonerchamp - May 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    So that’s why they cut Farnsworth. To pay for Jeter’s present.

  7. chargrz - May 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Not large enough!

  8. classicfinder - May 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I would have just went with a gift basket of nice things, like candlesticks. They always make a nice gift.

  9. keltictim - May 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Badly misplaced criticism. You gotta remember, legends or not, these are opponents. They weren’t beloved teammates, just well respected adversaries. Any kind of gift at all is pretty awe inspiring. I can’t imagine giving an “enemy” a gift, no matter how much I respect them. Plus, if your into baseball at all a broken bat rocking chair sounds like a pretty cool addition to a trophy room. Anybody know if they were broken during games? That would exponentially drive up the cool factor. My history might be a lil off, but can you imagine ceaser giving Attila the Hun a broken sword rocking chair? Time period might be off, but the example stands.

    • pjmitch - May 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      You are comparing Atilla the Hun to any opponent of the Mets or any other team. Wow that sounds about right. It’s a game Keltictim, not hand to hand combat in the trenches.

      And it’s Caesar not ceaser.

      • daveitsgood - May 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Whoa whoa whoa maybe he was referring to the late great Sid ceaser

      • infieldhit - May 15, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        But… he was Caesar too.

    • extavernmouse - May 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      From what they were saying at the time, they were not only broken during games, but by Rivera’s pitches. Can’t swear that’s true.

    • Liam - May 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Caesar and Atilla lived five hundred years apart.

  10. raynman49 - May 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    They could have used the 20 grand to sign a great free agent to put them in the World Series! No? Too much?

    • infieldhit - May 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      I wonder if it’ll just mean $20k less they’ll donate to someone else.

  11. ralphe32 - May 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    As tho Derek Jeter needs a conversation starter….

  12. moogro - May 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    If he has a subway tile bathroom, install it into the shower wall.

  13. hojo20 - May 15, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Couldn’t the ticket buyers use a donation?

  14. indaburg - May 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I am very well acquainted with the NYC subway system. Those tiles look much too clean.

    • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Do you think this is the closest Jeter has been to the subway in years?

      • indaburg - May 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Yeah. In the unlikely event Jeter wanted to ride it, could you imagine the ruckus it would cause? He’s probably the most recognizable face in NYC.

  15. cacheesehead1237 - May 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    He should change his number to 9

  16. disgracedfury - May 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I’m a Yankees fan but this Jeter tour isn’t as special as the Mo one last year.Mo talked with employees and the Chair was awesome and better than tiles.

    Jeter was more popular in baseball but I think Mo was more beloved.

  17. jlilly67 - May 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Yeah Jetes

  18. councilofargos - May 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I live in New England, I have been programmed since birth to hate the Yankees, Jets, its that simple. but Jeter is a class act, and a nice act by the Mets.

    • nomoreliesfortoday - May 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      lol….I live in the Mid-Atlantic region and think its silly to not just name your state.

  19. nottinghamforest13 - May 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    The first paragraph is a complete mess. Come now, man.

  20. titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Does Derek Jeter need conversation starters?

  21. xbam1 - May 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    i didn’t think the Mets were in a position to be giving away that kinda cash….

  22. kaspauf - May 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    “Subway Series” for Jeter ends with a gift that symbolizes that plus the money donated to the charity is really a great gesture, good job Mets!

    -Signed a Yankee fan-

  23. djpostl - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    If the Twins had gone with a replica of the Iron Throne made of broken bats it’d be the best gift ever.

  24. bbk1000 - May 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    The Mets probably wish his number was a fraction….they would have given much less….

    If his number was 9 they’d probably be out of business…..they might have to resort to a swap meet in the parking lot during home games….anything to bring in the bucks and a crowd….

  25. bravojawja - May 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    John Rocker, is that you?

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