Tonight, the MLB All-Star game is being Instagram-filtered through the “Derek Jeter is retiring! Let us all praise him!” lens, and a few days ago an incredibly well-done video praising the lifelong Yankee was released unto a ravenously Share-happy public:
But as Jeter’s farewell tour enters its closing half and his impressive baseball resume is paraded on every Sportscenter sidebar for the next few months, let’s take the time to honor a fact about Derek Jeter that is just as ridiculous as any stat you’re going to read about him…
In 2011, a story broke that Derek Jeter is just as selfless off the field as he is on it when the New York Post reported on his especially playboyish ways after his breakup with Minka Kelly:
“Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball.”
In fact, later in the story the source recounts that one night Jeter had forgotten that he had hooked up with a certain young lady on a previous occasion, and he gave her the identical post-soiree parting gift (which really shouldn’t be scoffed at, as those kinds of things can get fetch a pretty penny on eBay).
Though apparently, if you ask another of Jeter’s ex-girlfriends, Jessica Alba, in addition to the Jeteroabilia, he also gives all his lovers a gift that can never be returned…
Derek Jeter, everybody, earning our re2pect one gift basket and Valtrex prescription at a time.