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‘I’m Gonna Catch Up on Some Sleep’: Obama Tells Derek Jeter His Plans For Retirement Day One

As part of his newly-launched Players’ Tribune editorial effort, former New York Yankee great Derek Jeter sat for an interview with President Barack Obama at the White House. Jeter, who retired last year after a storied 20-season career in the Bronx, discussed the prospect of retirement with Obama, who will officially become a lameduck Commander-in-Chief following this November’s election.

As Jeter knows all too well, walking away from the game — on in Obama’s case, the Presidency — is tough for any athlete. “You know everyone always says, ‘Is it strange after you retire?'” says Jeter in the video. “Is there a tough adjustment period? For me it wasn’t. I slept,” the former shortstop said to a laugh.

“I felt as though I put everything into my career, got the most out of my career… but that initial day, you’re gonna sleep a lot,” Jeter said, imparting wisdom of sorts to the man who is thirteen years his senior.

“Listen, you’re pitching and I’m catching man,” joked the President. “That is my intention as well. I am gonna catch up on sleep.”

President Obama also managed a few good ribbings at the expense of his old golf buddy, jabbing the Yankees great for aging late in his career. “Let’s face it. We saw you try to run around those bases,” Obama said, even teasing Jeter for his history of gaining weight in the offseason.

The exchange about “walking away” begins around the 6:30 mark of the above video, which you can watch from The Players’ Tribune.


J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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