Over the weekend, Derek Jeter talked about being taken aback when Bill Clinton called him by name during his first visit to the White House. Mark Teixiera had the same feeling this afternoon.
“When I said my name I said, oh my goodness, what’s he going to say?” Teixeira said.
President Obama highlighted Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter for what they’ve done off the field, but first he singled out Teixeira.
“Before he was a three-time Golden Glove winner, Mark was a 21-year-old kid fresh out of Georgia Tech,” President Obama said. “Shortly after signing his first Major League contract, Mark visited his old high school and asked how much it would cost to set up a scholarship in the name of a friend who had been killed in a car accident. And when he was told it would cost $75,000, he wrote a check on the spot.”
Teixeira’s friend Nick Liberatore died when they were junior in high school.
“I’ve always thought that baseball, it’s just a tool for me to try to do work for other people,” Teixeira said. “I’ve been very blessed in my career and the first thing I did when I had a chance was that scholarship, the first donation I made. For the President to single that out, I know Nick’s family, I’m going to call them as soon as we’re done here and just tell them how proud they should be of Nick and the life that he led.”