Skip to main content

Twins give Derek Jeter historic 2B bag, hefty charity donation

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

This embed is invalid

The Twins' farewell gift to Derek Jeter isn't a great memory for Minnesota. But it sure was for Jeter and the Yankees.

Before the teams' Saturday afternoon game, the Twins gave Jeter the second base bag from the last-ever game at the Metrodome – a 4-1 Yankees win in the first round of the playoffs that knocked the Twins out of the postseason, way back in October of 2009.

The Yankees went on to win the World Series that year.

The Twins also donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

All of it was presented to a standing ovation, according to the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal.

The Twins presented a pregame gift to Mariano Rivera, Jeter's fellow Yankee great, on his farewell tour last year. The club presented the Yankees pitcher with a rocking chair made of broken bats – a nod to the number of broken Minnesota bats he caused over his career. The Twins also donated $10,000 to Rivera’s foundation.

Prior to this weekend’s four-game homestand, the 40-year-old Jeter played the Twins 128 times over his 20-year career, batting .323 with 13 home runs, and 58 RBI.

“We’ve played a lot of great teams here,” Jeter told reporters earlier this week. “I have the utmost respect for Ron Gardenhire, playing against him and his teams through the years. I’ve always enjoyed my time here.”

In all likelihood Jeter will actually make one more trip back to Target Field, since he leads the balloting for shortstops for the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis later this month.

If he’s voted in as expected, Jeter will be making his 14th – and final – All-Star Game appearance.

As an aside: New Minnesota Wild player Thomas Vanek threw out Saturday's first pitch.

Next Up

2019_1229_Bears_Home_0831

Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings

Both of the Vikings' GM finalists land in the same division looking to return to relevancy.

David Ortiz

Twins congratulate David Ortiz on HOF induction, it ends badly

Twins fans haven't forgotten the biggest mistake in franchise history.

Snowmobile tracks Any Arthur Flickr

Who left the burnt snowmobile on a frozen Minnesota lake?

There wasn't much left beyond the frame and a few other large, metal parts.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Charges: Drunk council member fled police on wrong side of Hwy. 100

The complaint alleges he caused a wrong-way crash, then drove around an officer that tried to stop him.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_0560

What does the future hold for the Vikings at linebacker?

Anthony Barr is hitting free agency, and Eric Kendricks is approaching age 30

vehicle car

String of vehicle thefts in St. Paul, most left running unattended

The department is urging people not to leave their car running unattended.

kid hospital doctor

Child COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic-high in northern MN

As omicron surges, more kids are ending up in the hospital.

ice fishing close unsplash

'It's disgusting': Anglers dumping sewage on to popular ice fishing lake

A local CO told Bring Me The News it's people in newer, RV-style wheel houses.

Alejandro Rios and Michael Steward

Reward offered for information on 2021 double fatal shooting in St. Paul

It's been a year since Alejandro Rios and Michael Stewart were found dead on the sidewalk.

Related