Derek Jeter’s farewell tour continued Wednesday evening in Arlington, Texas …
Those are custom Yankees cowboy boots, presented by Michael Young (left) and Ivan Rodriguez (right).
And that’s a picture of Jeter and George W. Bush from the 2001 World Series, signed and presented by the former president himself at home plate on Wednesday. Those shots come courtesy of Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News. Bush, you might remember, made a surprise visit at Game 3 of the 2001 World Series — when the Fall Classic shifted from Arizona’s Bank One Ballpark to Yankee Stadium — and was encouraged by Jeter to throw the ball from the mound instead of in front of it. Bush’s visit Wednesday at Globe Life Park was also a surprise. This clip does a good job of summing up that night in 2001 and the security presence around the Bronx for the first World Series game in New York after the September 11 attacks …
Jeter also received a $10,000 check from the Rangers for his Turn 2 Foundation, which helps at-risk youths.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.
It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.
First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.
It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.
Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.