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.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.