Ok Carolyn, You and the Yankees Win
I saw this and while I was tempted to ignore it because I am a Red Sox fan, I was reminded of Carolyn gleefully tossing out the names of Yankees Hall of Famers and soon-to-be Hall of Famers in the comments the other day- I can’t even remember how we got on the topic. I think Yankees fans just bring up the Yankees out of the blue irrespective of the topic of the conversation, don’t you? 🙂
I bet you are wondering what the heck this has to do with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!
Well, here it is- so it turns out Derek Jeter gives his bats to the State Department:
WASHINGTON – He’s not in the World Series this fall, but Yankee captain Derek Jeter still keeps finding new ways to impress – and help his country while he’s at it.
The Pride of the Yankees has “graciously donated a few bats” for use by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton on their foreign trips to cozy up to assorted potentates and government leaders, a State Department spokesman confirmed.
The State Department has a stash of several more 32 oz., black-barreled Louisville Slugger Jeter bats tucked away in the Office of Protocol’s rarely seen “gift vault” for future diplomatic overtures.
Jeter’s bats were revealed earlier this week at a screening of the upcoming National Geographic Channel TV special “Inside the State Department,” set to air Nov. 8.
Amid the gold-plated, jewel-encrusted this-and-thats, and the pair of autographed sneakers from NBA great Shaquille O’Neal (size 23), were the precious bats of the future cinch Hall of Famer.
“We try to display our culture” in the gifts given to foreign dignitaries, protocol gift officer David Solomon told the TV crew, “and American sports memorabilia is really popular. We find a gift for each leader.”
State Department officials were mum on who might get the next Jeter bat as a gift, but a jealous Red Sox fan over at Foggy Bottom was whining, as usual.
“Next we need to stock the vault with some Big Papi (Sox slugger David Ortiz) bats,” said assistant secretary of state P.J. Crowley, who has yet to overcome his attachment to Beantown.
*Sigh*. Those damn Yankees.
I’m with Crowley, give me a Red Sox/Big Papi bat any day of the week. But then again, in politics and sports, I always root for the underdog 😉
ps. this is the first and last time you will see a picture of a NY Yankee on this blog.