The Derek Jeter farewell tour has officially begun. The Yankees opened their season with a three-game set in Houston earlier this week. I’m a little late on this, but I want to make it a point to chronicle all the retirement gifts Jeter receives this season. That way I can compare them with the gifts that Former Yankee closer Mariano Rivera received last year. Anyone who had siblings on Christmas morning knows there’s always at least a little curiosity surrounding who got more…and I plan to try and find just that out by the end of this season.
The Astros honored Jeter with a pregame ceremony featuring a video tribute and congratulatory handshakes and hugs from former Astros and Jeter teammates Roger Clemons and Andy Pettitte.
Then came the goodies.
First, Jeter received a set of brand new golf clubs.
The Astros also presented the Yankee legend with his own Texas-style, 10 gallon Stetson cowboy hat, and these amazing, custom pinstriped cowboy boots.
But c’mon Houston…you definitely shorted the man in the end. We all know no Cowboy getup is complete without a flashy belt buckle. It’s the accessory that ties the whole outfit together!
Either way, I’m sure the humble Jeter was appreciative of all the Astros did to honor his career, particularly since neither Jeter nor the Yankees have any real memorable history with the Houston organization, which is in just its second season in the American League.
And I’m appreciative, because the ceremony reminded me of this classic Seinfeld episode…and any excuse to share it on the blog is a good thing.