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Mets give Derek Jeter subway tile mosaic, awesome cake, clever donation (pics/vid)


With the New York Yankees wrapping up a four-game, home-and-home “Subway Series” with their crosstown rivals on Thursday, it was the New York Mets’ turn to step up to plate and come up with a clever retirement gift (or gifts) for Derek Jeter, given it in all likelihood will be the Yankees legend’s final game at Citi Field.

And as far as retirement gifts go so far on his season-long farewell tour — the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels already have had their turn in the order — the Mets, who presented Jeter with the gifts before Thursday’s game, fared pretty well.

First up was a piece of mosaic comprised out of subway tiles depicting Jeter’s No. 2 jersey. The piece of artwork was presented to Jeter by Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.

Jeter also received a pretty awesome cake featuring a “Subway Series” motif. The cake was created by

Jeter-themed cupcakes also played a part in the tribute:

To complete the team’s tribute to the Captain, Wilpon presented Jeter with a check in the amount of $22,222 for the Yankee player’s “Turn 2 Foundation,” a nonprofit that teaches kids how to live and maintain healthy lifestyles.


Jeter, ever the wiseacre, cracked a joke after receiving the check, ribbing Wilpon by suggesting that the Mets probably intended the check to be made out in the amount of $222. Of course, he said he was kidding because there’s no way the Mets would ever bungle anything money-related. Right? Right?

Here’s video from Jeter’s most recent stop on his farewell tour:

(H/T, images courtesy of @MLB and @Mets)