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Derek Jeter’s gift from the Mets is . . . actually pretty dang cool.

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A lot of the retirement gifts retiring legends like Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter are odd. Either they try to hard on the symbolism -- the broken bat rocking chair Mo got was inspired but what does one do with it? -- they’re too pedestrian -- “thanks, Astros. Did you get these cowboy boots in bulk?” -- or they’re just plain weird.

But I gotta say, the gift the Mets gave Derek Jeter today as he closes out his final Subway Series is pretty spiffy:

Jeff Wilpon presents a piece of art made of Subway tiles to Jeter. Also a check for $22,222.22 for his foundation.

— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) May 15, 2014

I love it. It’s simple -- just his number -- but the subway tiles make it inspired and symbolic. He can hang that someplace in his stately pleasure dome and it’ll be attractive, one of a kind and a conversation starter. The charitable donation is pretty sweet too.

Nice going, Mets.