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Angels Give Derek Jeter a Painting Commemorating His 3,000 Hits

It’s not enough for Derek Jeter to get his own line of gear at MLB.com commemorating his 3,000 hits. It’s not enough that his Yankees teammates commissioned a statue celebrating the milestone. The Angels decided they had to get in on the act.

This is actually nothing new. We told you last month that the Angels planned to honor Jeter when the Yankees came to Anaheim. Well the Yankees arrived in Anaheim Friday night and the Angels welcomed Jeter with open arms.

Manager Mike Scioscia and outfielder Torii Hunter presented Jeter with a painting commemorating his 3,000 hits prior to the game. The PA announcer also congratulated Jeter after the second inning, drawing cheers from the crowd.

That’s something I just don’t understand.

Jeter has been a memorable player who will one day be in the Hall of Fame. When that day comes, all teams in baseball can celebrate him. Until that point, why would the Angels encourage fans to cheer on an opponent who’s still trying to beat them? I’m all for sportsmanship and I do believe Jeter deserves to be celebrated, but now is not the time. You can respect the opponent, by why celebrate the opponent while you’re still competing against him?

Thanks to Victor Rojas for the picture, via Beto Duran


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  • Anonymous

    Jeter is such a class act that is why the angels, the mlb, and everyone else is honoring him. There hasn’t been a superstar in baseball let alone most other sports that has done what jeter has done. He has been with the same team through good times and bad. Never do you hear about his personal life or any drama around his name like that of his fellow teammate a-rod. Joe Torre in his book called him the finest player he had every seen and wished every player put the effort and dedication into baseball like Jeter did. Finally let me say I am a Mets fan, and if I want any guy in the bottom of the 9th 2 out down by 1 with 2 men on, I want Derek Jeter at the plate.

    However going back to your initial point I think that it is so rare to have an upstanding player like Jeter that everyone is trying to get the message out that not all athletes are jerks and purely money driven and that if work hard at anything it will pay off.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    No reason for an opposing team to honor him while he’s playing though

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2510282 Alan Hull

    It’s kind of sad. What has he ever done for the Angels?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2EFEVYK7PLVRESO2HKUXXMLM2M -

    Larry,  you sound like a jealous bitter hack and Yankee hater, no worse than the basement-dwelling noobs who live in their parent’s basements and troll  ESPN boards spouting juvenile rannts about A-rod’s girlfriends and the Yankees’ payroll — as if the Angels and other organizations are run on a volunteer nonprofit basis . Of course there is a reason for the Angels — and all other MLB teams and players — to honor the Captain while he’s playing, and it’s this:

    Every one of them owes him a debt of gratitude for elevating the stature of the game and their chosen profession, and all are — or should be –thrilled down to their socks to be alive and playing and sharing the same field of play with him. Also, the 3,000 hit milestone is possibly the last truly singular individual achievement in baseball to which a player can aspire that is unaffected by anything other than the player’s own skill, mental and physical toughness and an overall excellence of play that would keep them both relevant and valuable enough to remain in the game long enough to achieve it. And — I hate to break the news to you, troll — but after Derek retires, Alex will likely be the last 3,000-hit player you will see in this or possibly any other lifetime. (Choke on that thought for awhile, hater.)

    The fact is there are hundreds of players in the HOF from every era, but Derek may very likely become the first ever to be inducted by unanimous vote. — and in this day and age of a cynical media obsessed with gotcha gossip rather than the glory of the game , that is quite possibly the greatest sports achievement ever. Sadly, there are a few twits like you who are missing the moment providence  granted you the good fortune to witness, choosing instead to pitch frustrated hissies through the wonders of the internet — a medium whose reach allows hacks like yourself to mistake clicks for importance.

    Lastly, I will just say that it is highly telling when you pose the statement:: “That’s something I just don’t understand.” and then continue to attempt to make your silly point without seeking any further understanding from the well-documented reasons provided by the principals in your little screed  — the Angels’ players and organization. They have explained their reasoning for honoring the Captain quite eloquently, as has been extensively covered by media across the country. To insist you still don’t understand in the face of that implies you are either profoundly learning-impaired or simply an immature hack desperate for attention — or both.

    Now, go clean up your basement before your parents come home.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2EFEVYK7PLVRESO2HKUXXMLM2M -

    Larry,  you sound like a jealous bitter hack and Yankee hater, no worse than the basement-dwelling noobs who live in their parent’s basements and troll  ESPN boards spouting juvenile rannts about A-rod’s girlfriends and the Yankees’ payroll — as if the Angels and other organizations are run on a volunteer nonprofit basis . Of course there is a reason for the Angels — and all other MLB teams and players — to honor the Captain while he’s playing, and it’s this:

    Every one of them owes him a debt of gratitude for elevating the stature of the game and their chosen profession, and all are — or should be –thrilled down to their socks to be alive and playing and sharing the same field of play with him. Also, the 3,000 hit milestone is possibly the last truly singular individual achievement in baseball to which a player can aspire that is unaffected by anything other than the player’s own skill, mental and physical toughness and an overall excellence of play that would keep them both relevant and valuable enough to remain in the game long enough to achieve it. And — I hate to break the news to you, troll — but after Derek retires, Alex will likely be the last 3,000-hit player you will see in this or possibly any other lifetime. (Choke on that thought for awhile, hater.)

    The fact is there are hundreds of players in the HOF from every era, but Derek may very likely become the first ever to be inducted by unanimous vote. — and in this day and age of a cynical media obsessed with gotcha gossip rather than the glory of the game , that is quite possibly the greatest sports achievement ever. Sadly, there are a few twits like you who are missing the moment providence  granted you the good fortune to witness, choosing instead to pitch frustrated hissies through the wonders of the internet — a medium whose reach allows hacks like yourself to mistake clicks for importance.

    Lastly, I will just say that it is highly telling when you pose the statement:: “That’s something I just don’t understand.” and then continue to attempt to make your silly point without seeking any further understanding from the well-documented reasons provided by the principals in your little screed  — the Angels’ players and organization. They have explained their reasoning for honoring the Captain quite eloquently, as has been extensively covered by media across the country. To insist you still don’t understand in the face of that implies you are either profoundly learning-impaired or simply an immature hack desperate for attention — or both.

    Now, go clean up your basement before your parents come home.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Hit .332 against em with 16 home runs. Keep it coming Jete, keep beating us!