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Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts from the Athletics: bottle of wine and a Napa Valley vacation

Jun 15, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour continued Sunday in Oakland with another set of gifts

Jeter was also handed a $10,002 check for his Turn 2 charitable foundation, which promotes healthy lifestyles for children and funds organizations that help treat and prevent teenage substance abuse.

Jeter entered Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the A’s as a .338/.405/.472 career hitter at Coliseum. He had one of his most-memorable moments there in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS …

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The charitable donation is nice.

    But rich people giving other reach people decadent trinkets that they can’t possibly care about is one of the dumbest things I can imagine.

    “Here’s a ridiculously expensive bottle of wine, guy who has hundreds of millions of dollars” is like someone giving the average person a bottle of Popov vodka. “Oh, you put a Yankee logo on it. Awesome. Thanks. This will really go nicely in a box in a storage unit somewhere in Jersey that I pay someone to bring all this useless crap to.”

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Indeed. And sorry to repeat myself, but at the risk of repeating myself, I’ll say again: I’ll be impressed if some team gets all its players together, buys a chunk of city land that has been woefully neglected, cleans it up (with the players doing at least some of the work), and turns it into a ballpark for poor kids, complete with gear for all and trustworthy coaches. Call that Jeter Field and I’ll give that gift a standing ovation.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        That is an awesome idea.

        But instead he’ll just get a jar full of tears collected from orphans. (Seriously Jeff Loria. What’s your goddamn problem?)

      • suzicat80 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        “… jar full of tears collected from orphans.” That is funny. I imagine you were steamed when you said it, which makes it funnier. Thank you.

      • miguelcairo - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        great idea brother

      • tablescrappy - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Love this idea.

      • anthonymyers - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        MLB has a program called Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)that has been doing something very much like that for the past 20 plus years

    • skunksprayjim - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      I wouldn’t complain if someone gave me a bottle of Popov vodka.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Well, I mean….yeah you drink it before you put the bottle in storage.

    • amaninwhite - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      They should have given Jeter a playground slide that had the name “Jeremy Giambi” painted along it.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Actually, given the way he’s playing, they should have seen if they had a Canseco Milkshake or two running around the clubhouse.

  2. rbj1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Yankees getting killed early on. Derek may want to drink that wine in the dugout.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I hope that he polishes it off on either Monday or Tuesday. It is a big bottle, so he should take a couple of days.

  3. ripwarrior - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Jeets doesn’t care about any of these gifts. Look at his net worth.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Yeah! Screw all this charity, thoughtfulness, gratitude, and appreciation. Check out how much money I have!

    • wiscotom - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      And when someone gives you a card for your birthday, you appreciate it despite it having no monetary value. The whole Jeter Tour (and Mariano Tour of last year) is a little much, but I still think he appreciates that teams are going out of their way to celebrate his career (when they don’t have to do it).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        But the chair made of broken bats for Mariano was awesome.

  4. Kevin S. - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Could they have left off the total ass-whooping while they were at it? I don’t think Jeter appreciates that one. This rotation is morphing into Tanaka and Whitley and kill me quickly.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Wait….I thought Yankee fans were all ok with Pineda not panning out because you had…..whoever the hell started today performing really well holding down the fort?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Yeah, no. If they were going to assemble a team that blew, they should have stuck to the stupid HalCap(TM), not signed anybody who cost a draft pick, and gone back in next year when they were actually willing to spend money without half-assing the job.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        And seriously, the guys doing well enough to keep this team afloat include: A career minor-league journeyman who probably can’t keep hitting out of his mind like he has for two months, a dude coming off a major wrist injury who you couldn’t count on to hit for any power this year, and a reliever who was two steps away from washing out of baseball because he was walking a batter an inning in AA. This team was always going to suck, and I don’t know how we (myself included) deluded ourselves into think they had a shot at being anything.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        This team was always going to suck, and I don’t know how we (myself included) deluded ourselves into think they had a shot at being anything.

        Personally didn’t think the bad luck would strike two years in a row.

        3/5 of the starting rotation out at least half the year. Jeter SLG just above .300. Soriano forgetting how to hit. Did McCann ever know how to hit? Robertson/Kelley getting injured. An infield of Johnson, Jeter, Solarte (who?) and Tex…

        And maybe my optimism was tempered a bit by thinking Arod wouldn’t get suspended for the entire year. Is there any doubt that he’s going to be the best infield on the team next year?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        A-Rod being on the team certainly would have changed my expectations, but does Solarte then win the 2B job over Roberts/Johnson? I’m not sure a forty year-old dude coming off a lost year to an ankle injury could be expected to hit, and we knew Soriano should only be allowed to play against lefties. Those two aren’t bad luck. As for the pitching, losing three starters is a lot, but pitchers break. Often. I’d have expected a couple bullpen injuries and one, maybe two starters going down isn’t abnormal.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Kevin, if you’re talking about Solarte, he’s already started coming back to earth. Since the Yankees don’t have any hot prospects in the minors, they can’t make any trades, for either this year or next. Otherwise, if they could get Zobrist, keep Solarte as a so-so 3B, and have A-Rod at short next year, that would be passible to above, as an IF. But, as noted, they can’t. So, they’ll suck at 2B and hope that the above left side is at least “meh.”

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Tanaka and Whitley and kill me quickly.

      Hmm do I sense a name change?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        Heh, no, but I’m probably going to repeat it every time a starter gets massacred.

  5. mikhelb - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    LOL a bottle of overpriced low quality Napa wine and a dinner… jeez hahahaha, now we know why the A’s park is a garbage can, and yet they demand a new free stadium for their millio..err..thousa…err hundre…err.. dozens of fans who attend regularly when the yanks or red sox are not in town.

    • tablescrappy - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Never mind the fact that the A’s are, and always have been, planning to pay for the entire new ballpark themselves. I know you’re ignoring it because you’re either uninformed (likely) or because it doesn’t jibe with your anti-A’s, anti-Beane erection (well, probably just as likely).

  6. mikhelb - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    As owner is so cheap, there is a rumour they want to play every game in the day to avoid what happened last night with the lights, at first they wanted to change their name to the Oakland Amish to retain their actual uniforms with A’s logo, but were informed that people actually liked to have flushing bathrooms and other “modern” ammenities in the park.

    “moneyball, baby, MONEYBAAAAAALL!!” part owner Billy B. was heard yelling when the electricity bill aarrived, while looking for ways to outsource basic services in TBGCOA (The Biggest Garbage Can Of America) they have as a home.

    • suzicat80 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Do they have those big long pee troughs in the men’s rooms at the stadium?

      • clydeserra - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM


      • tablescrappy - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Not all of them anymore, but the ones on the lower concourse aren’t going anywhere.

    • JB (the original) - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      @cllydeserra; Yeah, but probably not for long, now that the ‘price’ has been set:

  7. thomas844 - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Billy Beane when asked about Jeter’s last game in Oakland: “But can he get on base?”

  8. clydeserra - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Still safe

    Seriously, though, I bet that is something he can actually use. Not like a surf board or kingdome watch

  9. nsstlfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Giambi was still safe after all these years

    • miguelcairo - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      How do you figure?

      • tablescrappy - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Swipe missed the front leg, then tagged the back foot while front foot was scoring the tying run.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Looks close, but I still think Posada got him on that back leg before the foot touched. And, no, I’m not a Yankees fan.

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