Tigers to honor retiring Derek Jeter on Wednesday, Aug. 27
The Tigers will honor retiring New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before the two teams play at Comerica Park on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
It's the middle contest of a three-game series. Technically, Jeter's last scheduled opportunity to play professionally in his home state will be the following day — barring, of course, another meeting between the two teams in the playoffs. The Tigers have asked that fans wishing to watch the ceremony be in their seats by 6:40 p.m.
Farmington Hills native Jena Irene, the runner-up on American Idol, will sing the national anthem.
There's been no indication what sort of gift the Tigers will give Jeter, who has been on a retirement tour this season.
He got a No. 2 made out of subway tiles from the Mets, a bench made out of bases and bats from the White Sox, specially-made cowboy boots from the Astros, a pinstriped Les Paul guitar from the Indians, the Metrodome's final second base from the Twins, Napa Valley wine from the A's, a Kingdome seat from the Mariners, a Wrigley scoreboard No. 2 from the Cubs, a surfboard from the Angels.
I asked on Twitter what kind of gift the Tigers are likely to give Jeter, and these are the responses I got:
The #Tigers' ceremony to honor Derek Jeter will be on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Any guesses on what they'll give him as a gift?
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery a used champagne bottle leftover from the 06 ALDS or 12 ALCS?
— Robert Tanason (@tanasons2005) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery joba will just come out and bean him again
— Aaron Remsing (@ARemsing) August 6, 2014
— Kevin (@K_L_Tru) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery A delicious bass.
— Derek Wilczynski (@derekwilc) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery Lifetime supply of Hot N Ready pizzas.
— Just A City Boy (@CityBoySouthDet) August 6, 2014
@CityBoySouthDet @matthewbmowery A Joba beanball?
— Motown Strong (@MotownStrong) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery Brandon Inge
— Tina Miller (@ScherzerEyes) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery A piece from Tiger Stadium.
— Matt Snyder (@snyder_matthew) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery fastball from JOBA Chamberlain?
— Kris Nelson (@You_Shall_Have) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery A uniform and ask him to play SS for the Tigers in the playoffs?
— isiah sanders (@MrZaySanders) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery nothing i hope
— Jack Engle (@jack_engle1) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery Kate Upton
— Huntz (@GlasieHunter) August 6, 2014
@matthewbmowery has to be a car. It is the motor city.
— Jeremy Mitchell (@JermTheDreamer) August 6, 2014