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Bill Dwyre: Angels honor Derek Jeter the right way

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This weekend, the Angels tiptoed nicely around a ticklish situation, where public relations met baseball tradition and fan blind spots.

A couple of weeks after Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit, a baseball milestone achieved with a home run on a five-for-five night and one that means automatic Hall of Fame inclusion, a reporter asked the Angels whether there might be any ceremony at the Big A honoring Jeter. The Yankees were scheduled to come to town Sept. 9-11.

It seemed like a fairly harmless and appropriate thing to do. Baseball lives by its numbers, honors them and especially honors those who achieve them without any blemish of steroids or gambling. Jeter fit that description perfectly.

The reporter was told that the Angels respected Jeter greatly and that the team’s public relations staff had already been discussing how to honor him “as a player and a person.”

They even had a precedent. Years ago, the team had had a formal ceremony to pay homage to Cal Ripken’s record streak of longevity.

The reporter wrote of the potential ceremony, and the emails started pouring in to the Angels.

Many fans hated the idea. Jeter was a Yankee. Angels fans said they are to be hated. One woman called him, in an email, “Little Lord Fauntleroy.” Others were even less kind.

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Angels present Derek Jeter with a painting in honor of his 3,000th hit

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Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and right fielder Torii Hunter presented Derek Jeter (pictured above) with a painting before batting practice Friday afternoon at Angel Stadium to commemorate the Yankees shortstop's 3,000th career hit.

There was no on-field ceremony, but after the second inning of Friday night's game, the Angel Stadium public address announcer congratulated Jeter for achieving the milestone, and the crowd cheered.

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Should a fan return a milestone baseball to a player? [Poll]

Question_640 Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether an average fan should return a milestone baseball to the player and give up on the chance for big money later. Check back throughout the day for more responses and weigh in by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

When Christian Lopez wrapped his meaty arms and defensive tackle's body around the home-run ball struck for Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, the ball and its historic significance became his ... and his alone.    

What that meant: It was for Lopez, and Lopez alone, to decide what to do. And what you or I would have done in his place means little.    

It boggles the mind that such a baseball would have six-figure value to anyone but the man who hit it, but the reality is, it does. Lopez could have held out for the highest bid and there would have been nothing wrong with it.

He chose to give it back and ask for nothing. The rewards he has been given are significant, and it's possible there is more coming his way that we don't know about.

For him, evidently, standing for something other than greed was its own reward.

There should be no rules on this. You catch the ball, you own it. The smile often seen on Christian Lopez's face indicates he is happy with the choice only he had the right to make.

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Pitcher who gave up Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit gets autograph deal

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Tampa Bay pitcher David Price is putting together a nice baseball career for himself. Too bad he's also going to be known as the guy who gave up Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit.

Or is it really that bad? Apparently not -- turns out Price might be able to profit from his role in the Yankee star's big moment.

Price has agreed to a deal with Steiner Sports to autograph memorabilia, including baseballs and pictures, connected with Jeter's milestone. Some of the items will have the inscription, "I Gave Up DJ's 3K" and will be signed by both players.

And if this venture doesn't work out, maybe Price can start signing "I came in second in Cy Young voting" memorabilia.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Derek Jeter rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price, left. Credit: William Perlman / The Star-Ledger via US Presswire

 

'Derek Jeter 3K': HBO to air documentary on Jeter

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Derek Jeter has agreed to open his life to HBO cameras as he approaches his 3,000th career hit with "Derek Jeter 3K."

Major League Baseball Productions said Tuesday that Jeter agreed to have camera crews follow him at home and while he rehabilitates a calf injury for the one-hour documentary.

The special will include interviews with Jeter's family, friends and teammates. It will also feature clips with his girlfriend, Minka Kelly, and Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

The documentary is expected to air a few weeks after Jeter reaches the milestone. The shortstop currently has 2,994 hits.

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Ferrell plays it serious in tribute to the Little General

Mauch_300 Baseball plays a supporting role in the Will Ferrell comedy "The Other Guys," which opened nationwide on Friday. But you'll have to be an old-school fan to catch one of  the references.

The plot turns on an accident involving co-star Mark Wahlberg and Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, who plays himself in the movie. Less obvious, though, is the tip o' the cap to the Angels in Ferrell's decision to name Michael Keaton's character Gene Mauch after the former Angels manager.

Ferrell, a co-producer of the film, grew up in Irvine an Angel fan at the time Mauch, who died in 2005, was managing the club.

-- Kevin Baxter

Photo: Former Angels Manager Gene Mauch in 1986. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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