Recently retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was making a public appearance on Wednesday morning when the topic of what would be the perfect gift for some of his more prominent ex-teammates came up.
Rivera, handing out gifts at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Manhattan while wearing a Santa hat, joked about what the ideal gift would be for Joe Girardi (hair dye) and Robinson Cano (“a piece of paper, a contract, and tell him to sign it”), but according to the New York Daily News, he saved his most curious and hilarious idea for a perfect present for Derek Jeter.
Rivera reportedly told the crowd that the ideal gift for Jeter would be a life-size female doll, “so he would have a wife.”
Of course, Jeter is a notorious ladykiller of some renown, so in a way, Rivera’s idea, given Jeter’s confirmed bachelorhood, makes some semblance of sense. Although I have to wonder if Rivera fully grasped exactly how his idea may have some, shall we say, unfortunate and unintended connotations.
Further, while Jeter may in fact turn out to be a lifelong bachelor, he has had ample opportunity, given the slew of gorgeous and famous women he has dated, to perhaps have had the option to settle down at one point or another.
Rumors did heat up earlier this year about a possible engagement to his current arm candy, supermodel Hannah Davis when she was spotted sporting some pretty fancy bling on her ring finger, although those rumors proved to be inaccurate.
But still, come on Mariano Rivera: Do you really think Jeter needs a life-size female doll? Once again, Hannah-freaking-Davis, for crying out loud!