Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reds shower Derek Jeter with farewell gifts

Although just visiting, the Reds decided to capitalize on their opportunity to honor Derek Jeter this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

On Saturday, Cincinnati paid homage to New York's longtime shortstop by gifting him with signed jerseys from former Reds captains Barry Larkin and Davey Concepcion, as well as a photo from 2003 when he was named captain of the Yankees while playing a series in the Queen City.

As it stands now, Jeter will retire at the end of this season after serving exactly 20 years in the big leagues, all of which have come in Pinstripes. A 14-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion, the New Jersey native is on pace to retire with nearly 3,500 hits while maintaining a lifetime .311 batting average.

It's well documented, but the Reds actually passed up the chance to select Jeter in the 1992 MLB Draft. Cincinnati chose to burn the No. 5 overall pick on University of Central Florida outfielder Chad Mottola while New York took Jeter at pick No. 6.

With Larkin manning the shortstop position from 1986-2004, there really wasn't a need for the Reds to take another shortstop. But we can only dream about what might have been had the Reds pulled the trigger on Jeter with the fifth pick.

Photo Credit: Reds (Facebook)

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