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Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts from the Indians: A LEGO mosaic and a pinstriped electric guitar

Jul 10, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour continued this evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland and the Yankee captain walked away with some pretty cool gifts.

Jeter’s former teammates, Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher, Indians manager Terry Francona and team president Mark Shapiro were on hand for the occasion. Jeter was presented with a LEGO mosaic of his first career home run as well as a pinstriped Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a fitting gift with Cleveland as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check it out below.

Wayne Peltz, the visiting clubhouse manager for the Indians, is the man behind the LEGO mosaic. He’s pretty well known for his work and has sold a number of pieces to players. You can check it out the Jeter mosaic in more detail below.

Great work. Sure, the whole farewell tour thing can get a bit tiresome, but Cleveland brought their A-game here. Well done.

  1. RickyB - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    For the man who you think has pretty much everything, very cool gifts. Can’t imagine how much time it took to make that mosaic. It took my son and me three full days to build a Lego Death Star with complete instructions. That mosaic would take months easy.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Lego mosaics are actually incredible easy to make, just expensive because Legos are.

      1. Put picture into image editor.
      2. Change image color amount to 16 colors.
      3. Pixelate image.
      4. Every pixel is now a Lego 1×1 square.

      • RickyB - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        My innocence and wonder have been ruined now! Certainly agree about the expense, but while the image editor can provide a color map, I would still find it very tedious. Of course, pretty much all Lego constructions are, even more so at that size.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Somewhere up above, Les Paul is smiling.

    • natew333 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      you mean cringing, right?

  3. hojo20 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I’d prefer a CC Deville guitar.

  4. csbanter - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Indians couldn’t do any better than that. Some stinkin ass legps and a guitar, sound like items that should be left on the streets of Cleveland.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Legps are the worst.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      I’d say you should be left on the streets of Cleveland (heyyyoooo), but they don’t deserve that.

  5. kevinsterne - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    It seems very strange to me for teams to be giving gifts to opponents

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Piles of semi-useless things from one group of wealthy folks to another wealthy person. Sorry, he’s been a terrific player, but I’m underwhelmed by the gift parade.

  6. 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    These are sorta nice gifts. And, because I don’t know where else to put this comment: are teams doing anything at all for Paul Konerko? I find the whole farewell tour thing a little ridiculous, but I would hope that various MLB parks would run a video montage and encourage a standing ovation for the guy. And, to me, that would be sufficient for a farewell tour for Jeter, as well.

    But if Jeter is getting the royal treatment wherever he goes, maybe they could give Konerko a watch or something?

  7. largebill - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM


    Glad you wrote this article instead of Craig. He likely couldn’t pass up opportunity to whine some more about how much Chief Wahoo offends him as a Native American.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Instead, you chose to take it upon yourself to whine about someone whining about a racist logo

      good work.

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