Excerpt from President Obama's Speech Welcoming the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees to the White House (4/26/10)

Excerpt from President Obama's Speech Welcoming the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees to the White House (4/26/10)

And of course then there’s Jeter. Where’s Jeter? (Applause.) There he is right there. Sportsman of the Year, according to Sports Illustrated, and you can see why -- passed Lou Gehrig to become the all-time Yankee hit leader. But Derek would rather tell you a story about being in spring training with another Yankee legend, Don Mattingly. I love this story. Walking off an empty field together one day, Mattingly suggested they run to the clubhouse, telling Derek, “You never know who’s watching.” And Derek took that lesson to heart, and 15 years later, he still runs everywhere like he’s trying out for the track team -– always setting an example, always hustling -- which is why I think everybody says that he epitomizes the best of the Yankee tradition. (Applause.)