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Jeter gets presidential farewell in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Derek Jeter got a surprise presidential farewell before playing his final game in Texas, when former President George W. Bush took part in a pregame ceremony Wednesday night.

Retired Rangers All-Stars Michael Young and Ivan Rodriguez first presented Jeter a pair of cowboy boots inscribed with the New York team logo, his name and No. 2. A video was then shown of Bush at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.

"I did have one good reason to leave Washington for a few hours. The New York Yankees had invited me to throw out the first pitch," Bush recalled in the video. "Seven weeks after 9/11, it would send a powerful signal for the president to show up at Yankee Stadium."

Bush, recounting the story from an excerpt in his 2010 book "Decision Points," then spoke about going into an indoor batting cage to loosen his arm.

"After a few warm-up pitches, the great Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter dropped in to take some swings. We talked a little," Bush said, adding that Jeter told him to throw from the mound, "Or else they'll boo you. ... But don't bounce it. They'll boo you."

When the video ended, showing Bush throwing a strike, the former president came on the field. He gave a surprised Jeter a framed signed picture of the two together in the batting cage that night nearly 13 years ago. The photo was from the archives of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in nearby Dallas.

Rodriguez played against Jeter and was his teammate at the end of the 2008 season with the Yankees. Young, like Jeter, was also an All-Star shortstop.

"Obviously from a competitive standpoint, the guy's off the charts, a Hall of Fame player," Young said. "He stayed his entire career in one place, a very demanding place, and was basically an impact player from the day he stepped on the field."

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John July 30 2014 at 10:49 PM

Two class acts. Former President Bush, and Derek Jeter. I wish neither one was retired or retiring!!!

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salemaman July 30 2014 at 10:50 PM

Classy former President. Why can't we get another person like that....it's been almost 7 long years of absolute zero.

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tmghns July 30 2014 at 10:48 PM

I have never been a fan of Pres Bush, but now realize how much he loves this contry and its people. So much more so than the current occupant of the white house that feels ashamed to even spend a night there without campaigning

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ballin21996 July 30 2014 at 10:41 PM

Class Act, you will be dearly missed. Wish you the best!

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adamlosan ballin21996 July 31 2014 at 4:00 AM


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petey ballin21996 July 31 2014 at 4:39 AM

Oh that's right......he's white.

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emam545 petey July 31 2014 at 11:45 AM

He's just like OBAMA a-hole. Your just another racist talking.

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heytoots48 July 30 2014 at 10:49 PM

He is a special man & he will be missed.
that was really a nice thing George did.

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Gary H Mayer heytoots48 July 31 2014 at 11:32 AM

It was. But, I looked up Robin Yount and his career stats were as good or better than Jeters and he didn't get any ovations in his final season; plus, he won two MVP's to Jeters zero.

The New York media is biased and think they are the kings of the world, just like Obamass.

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calfam132527 heytoots48 July 31 2014 at 5:18 PM

Enough of the Robin Yount comparisons! He was good, who cares. Jeter has 5 Championship rings for the same team. Only one of 15 players in the history of baseball to have over 3,000 hits. Also MVP's from the World Series and All Star games. Why would any logiacal person try to ruin this mans accomplishments?

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denis July 30 2014 at 11:17 PM

Bush is an a$$clown.

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unclesi412 July 30 2014 at 10:44 PM

One of the few remaining class acts left in the game. His absence will be sorely missed.

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Gary H Mayer unclesi412 July 31 2014 at 11:36 AM

Robin Yount was also a class act and won two MVP's to Jeters zero. he didn't get standing ovations and all that pub in his final season and he played his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers, just like Jeter did with the New York Yankees.

Biased New York media doesn't recognize other cities and only reports news from other locations when it is negative.

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turtleman.1959 July 30 2014 at 11:18 PM

How sickening to see comments praising the war criminal in chief. People are just soooo stupid. If I were Jeter, I would spit in his face.

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stoph241 July 30 2014 at 10:45 PM

Class act all the way! Class is a trait seriously lacking in pro sports today.

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tmspitrow July 30 2014 at 10:33 PM

good luck mr jeter,in whatever you choose to do.
i have been a fan of yours,since you joined the yankees.
you are one of the great yankees

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PHILL AND TRISHA tmspitrow July 31 2014 at 8:07 AM

next to joe d..he was the best class act the yankess ever had!

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Jon PHILL AND TRISHA July 31 2014 at 2:35 PM

What would you 2 morons know about class. I f you have class, its all low.

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