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Thursday, May 15, 2014
First Pitch: Ideas for Mets gift to Jeter?

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- The Mets have a little bit of a dilemma with their retirement present to Derek Jeter. If they are too nice during their 5 p.m. honorary press conference Thursday, they could make their fans mad. If they aren't nice enough, they could look disrespectful. So it is not an easy call.

In Houston, the Astros gave Jeter a pair of Yankee cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and some golf lessons. In Anaheim, the Angels presented Jeter with a paddle board. In Milwaukee, the Brewers donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and made him a bronzed bat.

As for the Mets, they do have some recent experience giving rivals' presents.

Last May, the Mets brought FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano to present Mariano Rivera with an old time fire hose nozzle and call box. Rivera also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He ended up throwing the last one that night, too, when Lucas Duda singled to win the game for the Mets in the ninth.

In 2012, the Mets gave Chipper Jones a painting, which honored Jones' Shea accomplishments.

#Mets presented @RealCJ10 with this original @Fazzino Shea Stadium piece on his final trip to Queens pic.twitter.com/LHO9MmyR

New York Mets (@Mets) September 7, 2012


If I were the Mets, I'd give $10,000 to Jeter's charity -- going on the assumption they have an extra 10 grand -- and shake his hand during a short ceremony. That would be a gift no one could complain about. It is for a good cause and not too over the top.