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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) waves to the crowd, who gave him a standing ovation, during a pre-game ceremony before action against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Jeter is retiring at the end of the season. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 30: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees is presented a photo by President George W. Bush during a ceremony honoring Jeter's last game in Arlington before the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Former President George W. Bush presents New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter with signed photo before the Rangers take on the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Jeter is retiring at the end of the season. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter, left, and former President George W. Bush greet each other during a ceremony honoring Jeter before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter, left, and former President George W. Bush greet each other during a ceremony honoring Jeter before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
From left, former Texas Ranger Michael Young, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, former President George W. Bush, and former Ranger Ivan Rodriguez before the Rangers take on the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers honored the retiring Jeter with gifts during the pre-game ceremony. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter poses with boots presented during a ceremony honoring him before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Former Texas Rangers stars Ivan Rodriguez, right, and Michael Young, left, flank the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter as they watch a video on the scoreboard during a ceremony before the Rangers take on the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Jeter is retiring at the end of the season. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Former Texas Rangers star Ivan Rodriguez, right, helps presents New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter with a pair of boots and a $10,000 donation to Jeter's charity foundation before the Rangers take on the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Jeter is retiring at the end of the season. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Former Texas Rangers stars Ivan Rodriguez, right, and Michael Young, left, present New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter with a pair of boots and a $10,000 donation to Jeter's charity foundation before the Rangers take on the Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Jeter is retiring at the end of the season. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left, catches the pick off attempt at second base against a sliding Texas Rangers J.P. Arencibia during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Arencibia advanced from first on a wild pitch. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter, left, poses for a photo with fan Richard Payton during batting practice before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter smiles as he prepares to take batting practice before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter smiles as he runs bases during batting practice before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A fan holds up a sign for New York Yankees Derek Jeter during batting practice before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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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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