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Do the Orioles give Jeter a parting gift?


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I actually like Derek Jeter alot, and the ONLY thing I don't like about him is the team he plays for.

That said, Paul Konerko is also retiring following this season. Where is his victory parade of gifts at each city? I know, he's not at the level of Jeter, but this routine should really come to an end. As someone else said, make a donation to his charity and move on. I guarantee you the fans are smart enough to realize on their own that this is the last time we'll see the sure Hall of Famer, and we'll give him a respectful ovation when he comes to the dish that night, but all this ceremonial stuff for an opposing player has gotten a little too much.

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I actually like Derek Jeter alot, and the ONLY thing I don't like about him is the team he plays for.

That said, Paul Konerko is also retiring following this season. Where is his victory parade of gifts at each city? I know, he's not at the level of Jeter, but this routine should really come to an end. As someone else said, make a donation to his charity and move on. I guarantee you the fans are smart enough to realize on their own that this is the last time we'll see the sure Hall of Famer, and we'll give him a respectful ovation when he comes to the dish that night, but all this ceremonial stuff for an opposing player has gotten a little too much.

I agree with this sentiment, although we have to realize that part of this is a financial move by other teams. Players like Cal and Jeter sell tickets for many of the poorer drawing teams. I saw Cal play in Atlanta during his retirement tour and the place was packed with people who there to see Cal (and good lord he must have autographed something for half of them...my son and I bailed on the autograph line because it was like a two hour wait!). So a bit of this Jeter glorification is self serving for the smaller market teams. But overall yeah, I completely agree with your sentiments.

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How about a bronze statue of Jeter fielding with a ball just out of his reach?
Or Jeter NOT being hit. And pretending to be.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...he is the greatest of all time... Sure a virtuous role model.

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http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130912&content_id=60400228&notebook_id=60409988&vkey=notebook_nyy&c_id=nyy

I assume we will do something along these lines for Jeter. Maybe a sculpture of a ball just eluding his glove.

Or faking an injury when acting like the pitch hit him, when it didn't.

They could always go with the classic Jeter, arching his back to get out of the way of a pitch that isn't within a foot of hitting him.

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I really like the idea of Jeter's farewell season NOT including a final postseason experience for him.

Crazy how his rise coincided with our fall in the mid90s and we didn't really recover. Would be nice to send him out looking up at the O's for a change, where NY was for years before he got there.

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E.S.P.N. - NEW YORK would like to give Jeter a compliment for the road:

The Stats Don't Lie: Drop Jeter in the Lineup

(By Mark Simon)

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/79502/why-the-yankees-should-drop-jeter

I remember when Cal Ripken, Jr. was struggling in his final season.

He had a good sense of humor about it.

During a press conference as the season was winding down (September), Cal said that his son asked him "Dad, what if the Orioles need you next year?"

Ripken said that that made him feel really good ...... until his son followed up his question with, "Dad, what if Conine gets hurt, Segui has to play 1st, and they need you to play 3rd?"

At which point, Ripken stayed silent for a second, and gave a really nervous/leery look in regard to what his son had just asked him. Everybody in the room laughed. :laughlol:

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http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24685144/yankees-struggling-to-balance-winning-with-honoring-jeter-in-final-season

Jeter continues to play shortstop on an everyday basis. He has started 108 of the team's 132 games at short plus another eight at DH. There is no disputing Jeter is the third best defensive shortstop on the team's roster behind Brendan Ryan and Stephen Drew. And yet, Drew is playing second base and Ryan has played all over the infield -- including first base -- in deference to the captain.
The result is that they're not putting the best possible team on the field most nights despite being in the middle of a postseason race, however. It's uncomfortable for everyone, from the team to the fans to Jeter himself. The end of the line for a fading superstar is almost never pretty and this is no exception.
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