George W. Bush Surprises Derek Jeter with Special Retirement Gift Prior to Yankees-Rangers Game (Video)
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been a part of a lot of special moments in his career. But surely none can compare to his role as the leader of the New York Yankees in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks back in 2001. At a time when one of the greatest city’s on earth was shaken and trembling, simply by taking to the field and playing baseball again, Jeter and the Yankees played a role in getting the city back on its feet. It was really quite remarkable.
Of course, the defining moment of the post-9/11 period was Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. The stadium was absolutely electric. People watching at home—even Red Sox fans—had goosebumps. And the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, was going to throw out the first pitch.
Keep in mind, this was before the Iraq war tarnished Bush’s legacy. In the aftermath of 9/11, George W. Bush was a hero. He said the right things, he affected the right tone, and he held his head high, making Americans proud. So him throwing out the first pitch at the World Series was a big deal. And before he did so, who do you think was there to give him advice? Who else. The Captain. Derek Jeter.
I mention all this, of course, because Jeter was honored by the Texas Rangers prior to his last ever game in Arlington last night. And as part of that little ceremony, the Rangers played a video tribute telling the story of Jeter’s encounter with President Bush prior to Game 3 of the World Series.
Then President George W. Bush himself came out of the Rangers dugout to surprise Jeter with a signed photo of the two of them, which surely will go down as one of the most special retirement gifts Jeter will receive.
Take a look at the video. The good part begins at 3:43:
Well done, Rangers.