Besides love of baseball, President Obama has something else in common with former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter: retirement. The two joked a little about the effects of aging in an interview to be released Wednesday.
"Derek, you are somebody who now has some experience in hanging up the cleats here, and I'm about to retire. I'm not as quite as young as you--but still relatively young...," the president said.
The famed former Yankees shortstop--who's celebrating his 42nd birthday Sunday--happily cut in on the Commander-in-Chief.
"Thank you...can you repeat that?" Jeter said. "Because you know, in sports, they say you're old at 30. So thank you, I appreciate that."
But baseball years are different from White House years. The president ribbed Jeter in response, retorting, "Well, for a baseball player, you were old....I mean, c'mon, man--we saw you trying to run around those bases."
The full interview with The Player Tribune, a sports stories website founded by Jeter, comes as the 44th president appears to be enjoying his final run around the bases, poking fun at his own looming retirement with those most familiar with stepping out of the limelight. Last May, President Obama offered to play dominoes with former late-night show host David Letterman in his free time, and, in a spoof video shown at this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner, Obama embraced his new role as "Couch Commander," appearing with retired House Speaker John Boehner.
This isn't the first time President Obama and the famed athlete have played ball. During his historic trip to Havana in March, the president introduced Jeter to Cuban President Raul Castro in the lead up to a symbolic baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuba National Team.
The Player Tribune will release the full interview this Wednesday.