Sunday, August 14, 2011

Work of Art: Derek Jeter

C.C. Sabathia and Jorge Posada commissioned a 225-pound sculpture to honor Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit and presented it to him before the Rays-Yankees game on Saturday afternoon. The sculpture was made at a foundry in Greenpoint/Williamsburg. I went there a few years ago to drop off a flat screen television.

Here is a recap of the ceremony from ESPN New York:
After giving his batting gloves and helmet to two executives from the Hall of Fame, Jeter and his family were feted with gifts from the Yankees organization.

"Any time you get recognized by the organization and your teammates it makes you feel good," Jeter said.

First, team president Randy Levine and COO Lonn Trost presented Jeter with a Waterford Crystal vase commemorating his 3,000th hit.

Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, Christina, then gave Jeter and his mother, Dot; father, Charles; and sister, Charlene; rings and pendants honoring the accomplishment.

Finally, Jeter's Yankees teammates presented him with a 225-pound sculpture, which captured Jeter with his helmet held high in the air in a salute to fans. It was commissioned by pitcher CC Sabathia and part-time DH and longtime teammate Jorge Posada.

Posada and Jeter joked about the statue after the ceremony.

"He said, 'Where am I going to put this?,'" Posada said. "I said, 'You've got plenty of room in that house.'"
Big house, empty walls...sounds like DJ could use an art adviser.

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