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Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts from Seattle: a Kingdome seat and a gold Shawn Carter watch

Jun 10, 2014, 10:43 PM EDT

Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour continued Tuesday night at Seattle’s Safeco Field …

That’s similar to the watch Jay-Z presented to Cano when Cano signed with Roc Nation Sports last year. It’s a Shawn Carter by Hublot model and you can buy your own on eBay for around $23,000. Inscribed on the back of Jeter’s: “To Derek, with love and respect, RC. Thank you for showing me how to be a leader.”

  1. renaado - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Wow… Pure gold?

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    “Here’s some crap for you to find some room for and some expensive stuff that if you wanted you’d have already bought because you’re obscenely wealthy and this is like a regular guy giving someone else a lunch box he will probably never use.”

    I enjoy the show of pointless excess.

    • ezthinking - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      I’m sure if he bought the watch for himself he would have an inscription from Robinson Cano placed on the back.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        “Here’s a $30,000 watch I took to Things Remembered in the mall for you….it’s now worth less than I paid for it.”

  3. jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    The retail on that is more than I paid for my last two cars. Combined.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      I hear you jwbii. It’s also more than a buddy of mine recently paid for a fixer-upper out in the hills and hollers of Jennings County. And his came with acreage and woods surrounding it!

  4. jdillydawg - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Maybe Cano re-gifted…

  5. brandotho - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    “To Derek, with love and respect, RC. Thank you for showing me how to be a leader.”

    Oh, by leader do you mean taking the most money possible and passing over the potential to be an all-time Yankee?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Yeah.

      Because taking the most money possible isn’t indicative of a “true Yankee”.

    • hittfamily - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      That’s what Jeter did. Nobody else would have paid him half what he’s currently making. It just happens to be the Stanks that offered it.

      • brandotho - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        So you think if Steinbrenner let him become a free agent in 2002 nobody would have given him the contract he got at age 27?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        No.

        No other team would have given Jeter the second largest contract in baseball history behind A-Rod because he wasn’t close to being the second best baseball player in the league.

        Don’t be an idiot.

      • hittfamily - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        This isn’t 2002 is it. Jeter signed a 12 mil deal for this year. I doubt anyone else would have offered 6, but the Yankees didn’t want to take that chance. And like you said, Steinbrenner didn’t let him walk in 2002. The Yankees offered Cano 80 million less than what the market was willing to give him. 80 MILLION!!!!

        Do you really think Jeter leaves 80 million on the table to stay in NY? If so, you don’t think very highly of him.

      • dcarroll73 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        httfamily, Seattle clearly went too high and too long for Cano. The Yankees were smart enough not to play that game. They had made it pretty clear that they might go 8 years, and Cano wanted more time and dollars (and if you believe that $80 million figure you weren’t paying much attention to the coverage of the negotiations; it looks like you’re comparing an incorrectly low first bargaining position to a final deal.) Why is it that the Yanks get condemned for destroying baseball by showering too much money on players and almost simultaneously they get trashed for failing to pay Cano?

      • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        I think you will struggle to find anyone on here who will trash the Yanks for not re-signing Cano for what the market was willing to pay him.
        I think that might be a slight figment of your imagination.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Jeter signed a 12 mil deal for this year

        It’s actually worse. He had a player option for $9.5M, and the Yanks re-upped him for $12M. Think about that, they just decided to give him an extra $2.5M because, F if I know…

      • jrbdmb - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        “Why is it that the Yanks get condemned for destroying baseball by showering too much money on players and almost simultaneously they get trashed for failing to pay Cano?”

        It’s not that at all … with Cano it seemed that the Yankees management started coming to their senses a little bit. The problem is that the rest of us find it ridiculous when Yankees fans are butthurt because Cano followed the money.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      So Cano takes the offer from the Yankees, wants to strive for “True All-Time Yankee” status. Passes on an EXTRA $80MILLION offered by another team….Aaaannnnd then the Yanks trade him after a couple years anyway? What then? Says to himself ‘ohhhh shucks’ ???

      If someone offered you 30K/per year more to do the exact same job, but with a different company…you wouldn’t think about it?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Seriously….is a Yankee fan whining about a player “selling out” for extra dollars giving anyone else a really awkward boner or is it just me?

      • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Is ‘awkward boner’ code for anything?

    • northernredneck758 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Robbie was being a typical Yankee player going where the money was.

      • jrbdmb - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Any player (Yankee or otherwise) who would turn down $80M is a grade-AAA dope.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I’ve been a Yankee fan all my life. And I am here to tell you- You need to get over Cano leaving. And you need to stop talking about how someone should have taken less money to stay.

      You root for a team full of players who are ONLY there because the Yankees offered them more than anyone else. CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira are two examples of current players who were actually on record saying they preferred not to come to New York before they did. Mike Mussina is a good example of a former player who clearly did not want to come here until the Yankees blew all other offers away.

      To quote Hyman Roth from Godfather II- this is life we’ve chosen. We root for a team full of mercenaries. Maybe that will change. I would like it to. But until then….

  6. amehta256 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Enough with the gifts

  7. hittfamily - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    “Oh crap. I totally forgot Jeter’s thing was tonight. Someone, go out to the dumpster and grab a chair. Now get my wife on the phone”.

    “Hello. Well Hi Jack, what’s up”.

    “No time for chit chat hunny bunny. What are you getting me for fathers day….A watch? Why the hell….nevermind. Just bring it to the game tonight”.

    “PHEW!”

  8. kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    I find myself lying somewhere between this over-indulgent crassness and Craig’s bizarre slant on watches.

    Cano would be better off just buying Jeter a cool 40th B-Day present?

  9. shawnuel - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Craig didn’t write this article.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Yup, I know that.

  10. bigguy54 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I love how it is Ok for the Yankees to buy a player, but when a player leaves for another team for money they are evil. You do realize the M’s have a better record and a better chance to make the playoffs don’t you? That attitude is why most people hate Yankee fans, arrogant, and will bandwagon jump when they go back to sucking, because the team is old and overpaid.

    • dcarroll73 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Yes, in just the last week the Mariners passed the Yankees by a tiny margin. So this proves that they have a better chance to make the playoffs? I guess we might as well cancel the rest of the season. Come back and talk in October. People hate Yankee fans for no reason beyond intense jealousy from the knowledge that if their team played “lights out” for the next century, they would only equal the Yanks if those Yankees did nothing more. We both know that is not going to happen. Yanks fans don’t need to jump off and on a bandwagon because they are confident that the good years will return pretty quickly and that number of championships will continue to grow. It is a bitter truth for non-Yankees fans.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        “People hate Yankee fans for no reason beyond intense jealousy from the knowledge that if their team played “lights out” for the next century, they would only equal the Yanks if those Yankees did nothing more. We both know that is not going to happen”

        I think it’s more to do with comments like this, really.

      • drewzducks - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        Didn’t you earlier state that the Yankees were smart not to overpay (in $ and years, though 8 years seems too long for me) for Cano? What happened to this alleged “intelligence” of the Yankees when they decided to bid against themselves on Ellsbury for 7/$153 ? The Red Sox had no interest whatsoever beyond 5 years. It’s laughable that they already have a similar player under team control on their roster. Then they realize the error of their ways and still extend Gardner for 4/$52. Actually a decent signing by the Yanks but now they have roster full of singles hitting outfielders with a patchwork of unproven infielders and a statue at SS. The fact that they wasted all that money on a player with an extensive injury history and someone who they had a cheaper, lesser version of (Gardner) while the only non garbage infielder they could have had, was still unsigned. That was idiotic management at it’s best. They would’ve been much better off signing Cano at 8/$200, extending Gardner (as they did) and doing their short term Beltran deal.

  11. pappageorgio - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I don’t get the whole retirement tour thing.

    I mean….I can see a few teams making a big deal. Especially in his division, “thanks for the rivalry and the memories..and not being a total d***” (in the sense that even though we rooted against you, you’re an easy guy to like).

    But Jeter wasn’t humanitarian of the year. He played great baseball, got payed millions of dollars, and dated models/actresses two at a time. Why is he being showered in gifts in places like Seattle, where he had no particular rivalry?

    I don’t recall any HOF guys getting this treatment before.

    • hittfamily - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Cal, Chipper, Mo. But other than that last sentence, I completely agree.

      When Ortiz finally hangs it up, I wonder if this happens to him too? If so, I hope the Rays give him a punch in the nuts, or maybe Burgie’s favorite, the old HBPiD!

      • pappageorgio - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Okay…I remember Cal. Was the Chipper tour over-the-top like this? Maybe I just wasn’t paying close attention….but I don’t remember bronzed stadium seats and 25 thousand dollar watches at every stadium for Chipper or Mo.

        At this point other teams just don’t want to be the cheap-skate that didn’t get lord Jeter a parting gift.

      • jwbiii - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:56 AM

        This is just the sort of understated gift that would totally awesome in any living room.

  12. aphillieated - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Nothing that I wear cost more than $1,000 :(

    • kiwicricket - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Well the true measure of a person is the 1K mark. Round numbers and all. Any less and you are a failure.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        Failure?

        Many (not all) things that cost that much are pure profit for those who created them. Yes, many of the high ticket items DO cost MORE than cheaper items, but a vinyl louis vuitton handbag is NOT worth (as in the materials that make up the product and the time used to create the product from the materials) in relation to it’s price…

        Pure profit.

        Sadly, I have to admit I have several Ralph Lauren Polo shirts. Now, other polo type shirts, cotton, in the same style as the Ralph Lauren Polo shirts can and do cost a fraction of the Ralph Lauren shirts, like an eighth or a tenth…

        So, when people (myself included) where a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt vs. another or get handbags like I mentioned or other higher end items in the world, many times they are paying so much in profit to the person.

        It simply says “LOOK AT ME”… I’m successful enough to buy this, to have this etc…

        I’d say that many of the failures are those buying those high end things because they are so rich they have nothing else to do than pay $60 million for a painting…

        While so many others could have lived lifetimes for what the person spent on a painting, that they many times don’t even like…

      • jrbdmb - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        The best sarcasm is when some people don’t get it.

  13. balfe13 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Considering the fact that Jeter made his professional debut in Seattle, at the Kingdome, it’s not at all random that they would give him a gift, and slightly less random that they would give him a chair from the Kingdome.

  14. djpostl - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    A Sean Carter watch, clearly Robbie is a re-gifter.

    • gmfw7 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      not a Shawn Carter watch. it’s a Hublot watch (one of the best makers in the world) that jay-z teamed up to design.

  15. ctony1216 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    A $23,000 watch. Nice to know that the money I’m shelling out for cable TV and baseball tickets is being put to good use.

    In any case, nice gesture by Robby and the Mariners.

  16. denny65 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I have a Timex that I bought five years ago for $26; it keeps perfect time (well, it loses 5-10 seconds every year or so).

    Just sayin’.

    I can do without a Kingdome seat; that place was nasty, nasty, nasty.

  17. chiadam - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    “Dear Derek,

    Remember that time you totally nailed Mariah Carey?

    That was awesome. RC”

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