Yankees present Jeter with 225-pound sculpture

Derek Jeter poses with his new sculpture. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Derek Jeter’s unforgettable entry into the 3,000 hits club was celebrated on Saturday by the Yankees, as the captain was lavishly honored with gifts in a pre-game ceremony.

The Yankees unveiled a 225-pound custom, one-of-a-kind sculpture for Jeter, which was commissioned by CC Sabathia and Jorge Posada and depicts Jeter doffing his cap after the milestone.

Wheeled to home plate on a flat bed cart underneath a black cloth, the inscription reads, “To our captain, leader and friend, congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates.”

The mirrored, stainless steel sculpture was created by Scott Kranzler of Milgo Industrial.

Jeter became the 28th player all-time and the first Yankee to join the 3,000 hits club on July 9 against the Rays, homering off left-hander David Price in the third inning.

It was announced on Saturday that Jeter would donate his batting helmet and batting gloves from that game to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jeter’s parents, Charles and Dorothy, and his sister, Sharlee, were present for the ceremony.

Yankees team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost presented Jeter with a 14-inch Waterford crystal vase, hand-crafted in Ireland and copper wheel engraved with the Yankee Stadium and “DJ3K” logos.

From managing general partner and co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, Christina, Jeter and his father received 14-karat Balfour white gold rings with 50 total diamonds, 14 of which made up a number “2.”

The Steinbrenners also presented Jeter’s mother and sister with ring top pendants with the “DJ3K” logo.

Speaking over the Yankee Stadium public address system, Rivera said, “I want to say thank God for giving me the opportunity to play with a tremendous player like Derek and being in this organization, and being able to see every one of them.

“Jeet, I love you, and continue. God bless you and God bless your family.”

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