I have mixed feelings about all of this. I have enormous respect for Jeter and think he deserves to be a first ballot hall of famer
He's always played the game the right way and has generally carried himself with dignity both on and off the field. But... he's not on my team. Yes, it's great for the fans to acknowledge his career during his last at bat with an ovation but do we really have to give gifts every time a multi-million dollar opponent retires? What about Ortiz? Who decides who is 'special' enough to warrant this kind of send off.
I do like Buck's idea though.
I like that teams are paying their respects for a HOF career. Jeter retiring, right after Mo, makes it seem like overkill. but teams did the same thing for Cal, and it was nice. I think the people in and around baseball know who is worthy, and who isn't. I'd be shocked if Ortiz gets a farewell tour like these guys. most people, outside of boston, think he's an azzhat. it's almost a daily occurrence to hear someone on the radio say that he's a blowhard who has deluded himself into thinking that he's the official spokesman, and unwritten code enforcer, for baseball. by and large, baseball is tired of him.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli