White Sox give Jeter bench, dirt, money
May, 25, 2014
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
David Banks/USA TODAY SportsDerek Jeter got a unique bench, to enjoy in his retirement, before Sunday's game.CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox gave Derek Jeter a miniature Yankees bench made out of bats, balls and bases, some U.S. Cellular Field shortstop dirt in a glass container with legendary shortstops' names on it and a $5,000 check made out to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.
Paul Konerko, who also is retiring, stood with Jeter during the pregame presentation behind home plate. The bench was constructed by former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle, who has a company that makes such items.
Jeter has now received six gifts. On Tuesday, the Cubs handed him a No. 2 white-and-green square that fell off the Wrigley Field scoreboard. The Mets gave Jeter a No. 2 mosaic designed with subway tiles and donated $22,222.22 to the Turn 2 Foundation. The Houston Astros gave Jeter a pair of Yankees cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and some golf lessons. The Los Angeles Angels gave Jeter a paddleboard. The Milwaukee Brewers donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and presented him with a bronzed bat.