Derek Jeter has been grateful and gracious for all the gifts he has received
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The Houston Astros kicked it off April 2 with a pair of stylish cowboy boots, a 10-gallon hat and a set of golf clubs.
The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour has hit nine cities so far. From Seattle to Queens and in between, teams have had brief ceremonies and given unique gifts to the Yankees' retiring captain -- with 10 more teams still to come, including the Yankees.
The regular-season portion of the retirement tour will end not at Yankee Stadium, but in Boston on Sept. 28. The Yankees hope to be continuing on to the postseason. But that remains to be seen.
Jeter, who turns 40 on Thursday, has been grateful and gracious about the whole thing.
"I don't expect anything from anyone," Jeter said recently. "You know what I mean? It's all been appreciated. It's all been a surprise. Everyone's sort of curious about what I have been given, so it's been a pleasant surprise."
The big question on some people's minds is what is Jeter going to do with all the, well, stuff. He's been asked since April 2 and pretty much always gives the same answer.
"What do I plan on doing with it?" Jeter told Newsday. "I have a spot for it. I'll make room."
That shouldn't be hard. Jeter lives in a $13 million, 30,875-foot mansion in Davis Islands, a waterfront neighborhood in Tampa that has been dubbed "St. Jetersburg" by locals. The bachelor's pad has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
So Jeter will have room for the Subway Series-themed painting and No. 2 subway tile mosaic he got from the Mets. The personalized paddleboard he got from the Angels could go in one of Jeter's many ocean-view rooms. Does Jeter have a wine cellar? If so, the Cabernet he received from the A's would fit right in.
Chances are Jeter already has a trophy room or 12. So he'll have somewhere to store items such as a bronze bat replica (Brewers), a plaque with names of Hall of Fame shortstops (White Sox), a No. 2 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard (Cubs) and a base from Safeco Field (Mariners).
If Jeter wants to dress up, he now has a pair of Stan Musial cuff links courtesy of the Cardinals. If he wants to dress up his game room, he can use a bench made of bats (White Sox) or a seat from the Kingdome (Mariners), the now-imploded stadium that hosted Jeter's first major-league game in 1995.
Jeter has also received checks for his Turn 2 Foundation, the largest of which was $22,222 from the Mets.
If he gets bored rattling around his mansion counting his World Series rings, Jeter can take a wine trip to Napa Valley, courtesy of the A's. Or a golf trip in Wisconsin, thanks to the Brewers.
And there's more to come. Much more.
Who knows what the next three months have in store for the Jeter Tour? We just know everyone is looking forward to it.
Well, almost everyone.
After resting Jeter in an April home game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi somewhat grumpily said: "I wasn't hired to put on a farewell tour."
Hey, Girardi only has to decide when to put Jeter in the lineup. At least he isn't the one who has to figure out what to get the shortstop who has everything -- even dirt from U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox).
So which gift has been Jeter's favorite? (We're guessing it's not the dirt). If you thought he would share his feelings about that, you haven't been paying attention to Jeter's public persona for the last 20 years.
"They've all been unique," he said. "So I don't know if I could say one is the best or which one stands out the most. They've all been pretty unique to where I am."