Yanks present Jeter with sculpture for 3,000

Yanks present Jeter with sculpture for 3,000

Yanks present Jeter with sculpture for 3,000
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's unforgettable entry into the 3,000-hit club was celebrated on Saturday by the Yankees, as the captain was lavishly honored with gifts in a ceremony before New York's 9-2 win over the Rays.

The Yankees unveiled a 225-pound custom, one-of-a-kind sculpture for Jeter, which was commissioned by CC Sabathia and Jorge Posada and depicts Jeter doffing his cap after the milestone.

"That's something that really stands out," Jeter said. "I really appreciated that."

Wheeled to home plate on a flatbed cart underneath a black cloth, the sculpture contains the inscription: "To our captain, leader and friend, congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates."

Made of mirrored stainless steel, it was created by Scott Kranzler of Milgo Industrial, and begs the question: Where does one put such an item? When you've constructed a 30,000-square-foot mansion near Tampa, Fla., maybe it's not so difficult.

"The trophy looked so nice on the field," Posada said. "He said, 'Where am I going to put this?' I said, 'You've got plenty of room in that house.'"

Jeter became the 28th player all time and the first Yankee to join the 3,000-hit club on July 9 against the Rays, homering off left-hander David Price in the third inning.

It was announced on Saturday that Jeter would donate his batting helmet and batting gloves from that game to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeter said that he is keeping the bat and the baseball -- caught by fan Christian Lopez and returned to Jeter later that day -- as his own souvenirs.

Jeter's parents, Charles and Dorothy, and his sister, Sharlee, were present for the ceremony.

Yankees president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost presented Jeter with a 14-inch Waterford crystal vase, hand-crafted in Ireland and copper-wheel engraved with the Yankee Stadium and "DJ3K" logos.

From managing general partner and co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, Christina, Jeter and his father received 14-karat Balfour white gold rings with 50 total diamonds, 14 of which made up a No. "2."

The Steinbrenners also presented Jeter's mother and sister with ring top pendants featuring the "DJ3K" logo. Mariano Rivera spoke briefly during the ceremony, saying he was thankful to have played with Jeter and seen all of his 3,000 hits and counting.

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