Jeter gets the sign
We knew it. Derek Jeter has finally admitted what souvenir he wanted from Yankee Stadium, and as expected, the Joe DiMaggio “I’d like to thank the good Lord” sign is in the Captain’s possession.
Jeter had kept mum on what he wanted to keep from the Stadium’s closing days for fear that someone else would walk off with it. But Jeter certainly made his intentions known and, hours after the Yankees’ final game on Sept. 21, the sign was unbolted from the runway between the dugout and the clubhouse.
Public relations director Jason Zillo said at the time that the Yankees knew where it went – i.e., it wasn’t stolen – but he was sworn to secrecy as to who had asked for it.
That said, it didn’t take Columbo to figure out who’d passed it every day for 12 years and actually had the clout to have that request honored. I mean, it wasn’t going to be hanging in Sidney Ponson’s basement. I asked Jeter if he wanted to say anything about it during the last series at Fenway Park and he grinned, saying, “Nope.”
Hey, but there’s hope yet for anyone who was a Yankee … or wanted to be one. Steiner Sports is selling a replica of the sign that would look great in your home or office.