Yankee great Derek Jeter, nearing the end of his farewell tour, was honored by the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with an array of gifts, among them a sleek touring kayak.
Canoe & Kayak called the Epic 18X "The Derek Jeter Kayak," since it was adorned with the Yankees logo, pinstripes, and the Captain's iconic No. 2.
Darry Jackson, co-president of Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure store, which provided the customized kayak, called it the Porsche of kayaks, saying "it's fast, it's fun, and you look good in it," according to FOX 13 News.
The most special and touching gift Jeter received was one of the last No. 66 Rays jerseys worn by the late former Yankee Don Zimmer. Plus, the Rays made a $16,000 donation to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.
During the game, the Rays also gave Jeter a nice bruise, the result of being hit in the left wrist with a pitch that prompted dugouts to empty. No brawl ensued, however.
Afterward, Jeter insisted the incident didn't detract from the pregame ceremonies.
Of the $4,000, 16-foot kayak, Jeter said, "Great kayak, which I’m sure I’ll use. You laugh, but I’m sure I’ll use it."
Since Jeter has a waterfront mansion on Davis Island in Hillsborough Bay in Tampa, we're pretty sure he will use the kayak, along with the standup paddleboard the Angels gave him in May.
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