Along the way this baseball season, Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter has been enjoying gifts of various import as he makes his retirement tour at away stadiums.
There was the set of golf clubs in Oakland.
There was the number “2” removed from the scoreboard at Wrigley Field.
And this really weird bench in Chicago’s Cellular Field, along with a pile of dirt.
Last night however, Derek Jeter may have received the most unique gift of all in Texas – former President George W. Bush. Oh, and a pair of cowboy boots.
Derek Jeter got the boot — a pair of them, actually — a check, and a visit from a former president on Wednesday night in a pregame ceremony commemorating his final game at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.
Greeted at home plate by former Rangers Michael Young and Ivan Rodriguez — a teammate of Jeter’s with the 2008 Yankees — Jeter was presented with a pair of black cowboy boots emblazoned with his name, the Yankees logo and the number 2. He also was given a $10,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation.
Then, the Rangers brought out former Rangers owner George W. Bush, who later spent eight years in the White House, to present Jeter with a framed autographed photo of himself and Bush from the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
Several weeks after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, President Bush tossed out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, in an effort to create a calming influence for the American people. Jeter famously told Bush, “Don’t bounce it, they’ll boo you.”
Of course, Bush rifled in a perfect strike …