Sunday, August 14, 2011

Derek Jeter Honored for his 3,000th Hit!

On Saturday I went to Yankee stadium to see a game between the New York Yankees baseball team and the Tampa Bay Rays.  Before the game a few special presentation ceremonies were held to celebrate the Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter's recent historic milestone of being the 28th major league baseball player and the first Yankee ballplayer to get 3,000 hits.  Jeter accomplished this feat on July 9th, 2011, in a home game against the same Tampa Bay Rays.


First, Jeter donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame representatives the helmet and batting gloves that he wore when he homered for his 3,000th hit. Then the Yankees’ president, Randy Levine, and the team’s chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, gave Jeter a 14-inch inscribed Waterford crystal vase.


Jeter holding the commerative Waterford vase.


Next, Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner of the Yankees, and his wife, Christina, presented Jeter and his father, Dr. Charles Jeter, with commemorative rings, while Jeter's mother and sister were presented with pendants of the same design.  The rings Jeter and his father received have 50 diamonds each, 14 making the No. 2, whcih is Jeter's uniform number.


Finally, the entire Yankee team presented Derek with a a 225-pound, mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture. It featured the No. 3,000, topped by a triple-layered bust of Jeter waving his helmet to the crowd. The inscription under the number 3000 reads: "To our captain, leader and friend. Congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates."



The Yankees went on to win the baseball game by a score 9-2, including two more base hits by Derek Jeter and a grand slam by Jorge Posada!

I wasn't lucky enough to be in Yankee ballpark attendance when Jeter got his 3,000 hit, but I was excited to be present for the special pregame ceremonies honoring him, as he is one of my favorite players and definitely a baseball legand in his own time in the manor of Babe Ruth, Lou GehrigJoe Dimaggio and many other Yankee and baseball greats.  Congratulations to Derek Jeter!


I'm linking to "Mosaic Monday" with Mary of The Little Red House blog, Sally's "Blue Monday" on her blog Smiling Sally, and the My World Tuesday crew. Please visit their blogs and enjoy their special blog events!


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50 comments:

Marilyn said...

Hey... Hey Jetter is THE MAN!! We watched & held our breaths when he hit his 3000th & we watched the presentation!!
Love Those Yankees!!
Marilyn

eileeninmd said...

That is wonderful! Congrats to Derek! Wonderful photos!

Mary said...

What a great celebration to see, Pat! He is such a terrific player, a fabulous team leader, and just a nice guy... :)

ellen b. said...

I'm glad you got to be in on this ceremony. My Mosaic Monday is all about sports, too. Hat's off to Jeter!

Ginny said...

Well, this looks like an even better time to be there than for the actual hit! He and his family sure got a lot of goodies! And you got some great pictures!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I may be a little prejudiced (or maybe just a lifelong fan)...but I love this post Pat!! Watching the Yankees play makes me so happy. Your pictures are wonderful!

GrandmaK said...

Wonderful pictures!! How exciting to be there. Cathy

Barbara F. said...

Derek Jeter is a cutie patootie, but I must confess I still route for the Mets :( xo

Snap said...

I bet that was a lot of fun. I remember when Craig Biggio got his 3,000th hit and the celebration at "the Juice Box" (Minute Maid Park).... not as elaborate as Jeter's celebration (not the $$$$$ here), but fun! Jeter seems like a good guy. I like when the good guys finish first! :D :D

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Although I am a die hard Red Sox fan, I have always admired Derek Jeter and was very happy for him and his amazing accomplishment. Derek Jeter is a true professional and a genuine nice person. It must have been wonderful to celebrate in the new park. I do however have to close by saying Go Red Sox. LOL!!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a great subject for Mosaics this week! Love the photos, Pat! Enjoy your week ahead! ♥

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This is difficult for me, being a "rabid" Red Sox fan! LOL!! But I'll give credit where credit is due! Congrats to Derek, he is a class act. But like Susan at From Beyond My Kitchen Window said "GO RED SOX!"
:-)

Helen said...

Way out here in Bend Oregon, my son wears ~ with immense pride ~ his 3,000 hit Jeter shirt! We ordered it that day!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Ok, even this Phillies fan has to say congrats to Jeter! Looks like a very nice evening for him, he has earned it:@)

Chatty Crone said...

I have to be honest - don't really follow baseball, but I am glad for you!

Buttercup said...

What a fabulous event. I am so sorry I couldn't be in two places at once. I am a major fan of the Yankees and think the world of Jeter. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

The Gathering Place said...

How fun to be there when history is made (celebrated)! You always have wonderful places to visit.

Riet said...

I don't know Jetter but I did know Joe di Maggio. He was a legend and I am sure Jetter will be one too. I know his name now. Congratulations to him and his 3000.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You must have been thrilled to be a part of such an historic celebration!
Your pictures are great!
Yvonne

Joyce said...

Love this post about one of my favorite Yankee players. Thanks for sharing.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great pictures, Pat... Glad you got to go to the game... Derek Jeter is one special guy!!!!

When I was in Chicago once working on my Master's Degree, I got to attend a Cubs game. That was so much fun.
Hugs,
Betsy

Pat said...

What a wonderful day and blog post, Pat!!

Pondside said...

You picked a great day to go to the ball park!

Life Ramblings said...

way to go Derek. it must have been so exciting to be there. wonderful photos.

Old Kitty said...

Well done this man!! :-) I have no idea about baseball but it looks like what he did was most important! Yay!!!!!!

Take care
x

podso said...

I'm sure it was a thrill to be there for this celebration, and amazing how they celebrated him! Your photos are wonderful! Have a good week!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

That would've been a great day to be at the ballpark.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Wow! I'm not much of a baseball fan, but this post makes me wish I were. Great photos and great story, Pat. Thank you so much... you always give me a slice of life that I might never enjoy without you. blessings ~ tanna

Jo said...

WHAT a fun and exciting weekend!
You always take us on some of the most wonderful trips via internet!
Thanks for sharing!..I felt as if I were there!
~JO

Jenny said...

How neat to have been there. I can visualize you on Antiques Roadshow in the future telling the tale and showing your autographed program.

You did get an autographed program, didn't you?

Whaaaaaa?!?!?

Vee said...

You, my friend, are a true daughter of NYC with your incredible promotion of all things New York. What's more iconic than the NY Yankees? (My Uncle Red's favorite team.) What a great post!

Claudia said...

This is such a fun posting - bursting with love for NYC and one of its particular delights (even though the NY Yankees are consider "evil" elsewhere - my daughter sports a Yankees Jersey.... and a Twins).

Lily Hydrangea said...

Thanks for covering this story Pat.
I'm sending this post to my nephew since he is a big Jeter fan!
; )

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I heard all about this on the news. How fun to be there in real life!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Mkes me want to sing "Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the park...." Sounds like so much fun. Blessings, Debbie

nanny said...

Congrats to Derek.....
Your mosaic is wonderful....looks like it was the place to be!
Wow, that ring and the 3000 sculpture!!

Veronica said...

Your mosaics are really cool today!

Veronica

Yvette said...

My daughter and her hubby were at the game too, Pat. I just sent her your post to read. :)

Great post.

Not a Yankee fan, but I was rooting for Jorge Posada on Friday. Good for him.

My granddaughter already has her own little Yankee hat. Ha!

Skye said...

We were there too! Except me & my husband were on line for garlic fries while derek was being honored! LOL! Great game too! :)

Cafe au lait said...

Great shots!

My Blue Monday is here.

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the day! He is THE MAN! Have a great week!

Sylvia

ρομπερτ said...

Concratulations upon this achievement !

May time and life continue to treat you all kind.

daily athens

Annesphamily said...

If my father were alive he would be tickled! He was a lifelong Yankee fan! He once told my brother Bill to get out of the house cause he was rooting against the Yankees and for the Dodgers! My dad played semi pro ball before I was born and once caught behind the plate while Babe Ruth batted! He had an autographed ball and I think he gave it to my nephew in PA.
I admire Jeter. He is such a handsome man and boy oh boy can he hit that ball! I am so happy for him because he is an amazing ballplayer. You were so blessed to be there! Hugs Anne

Marites said...

that guy is really talented and to have that ring for his accomplishments. His family must be really proud of him. Nice post!

anemonen said...

Wow such an event. Wonderful pictures!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your photos and a BIG congrats to Derek. It been a long time, Im one of your old follower on your blog. I hope you can come Visit some time. I hope you have a great week.
XXOO Diane

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations to a great baseball player! You picked a good game to attend.

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've not paid attention to any of this. You keep me informed! ;-)

Houseelf said...

What a lovely way to reward such a hardworking player.

Huzhar said...

Nice and interesting post my friend. He is the man..