Angels honor Derek Jeter with paddleboard


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- To commemorate his upcoming retirement as well as his last visit to Angel Stadium, the Los Angeles Angels gave Derek Jeter two gifts Wednesday night -- one just before the game and one just a few pitches into it.

In a pregame ceremony that featured a video tribute and hugs from Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick and Jered Weaver, Jeter was presented with a stand-up paddleboard to enjoy in his leisure time.

And in his first at-bat, after a rousing ovation from the Angel Stadium crowd and chants of “Der-rek Je-ter!" the home team also presented Jeter with a free base when Angels center fielder Trout was bumped by right fielder Collin Cowgill, causing Jeter’s routine fly ball to pop out of Trout’s glove.

Following a leadoff walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, who advanced to third, the error -- charged to Cowgill -- set up the Yankees five-run first inning highlighted by a two-run, bases-loaded double down the left-field line by Mark Teixeira. The Angels made another error in the inning when starting pitcher Hector Santiago threw the ball away on Brett Gardner’s tapper in front of the mound, allowing the fourth run to score from second.

The gift -- the intended gift, that is -- brought Jeter’s retirement haul to three items; the Houston Astros presented him with a pair of cowboy boots and a 10-gallon hat during the Yankees' opening road series of the season.