Jeter: Being Trump’s VP ‘sounds like too much work’
A Donald Trump-Derek Jeter ticket for president in 2016? Not likely.
Trump, a longtime Yankees fan. has two former Yankees he can call upon for support in the upcoming New York presidential primary — Johnny Damon and Paul O'Neill, who is part of the Yankees broadcast team on YES. But it's the former team captain's name that has come up as a potential vice presidential candidate for the Republican frontrunner.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who accompanied President Barack Obama on his trip to Cuba, asked Jeter about the possibility. "That sounds like too much work," was the response Dowd tweeted she got from Jeter..
O'Neill was identified as a Trump supporter during the infamous press conference that made headlines for Gov. Chris Christie's distant stare behind Trump. The Republican frontrunner put O'Neill on the spot and asked the longtime Bronx Bomber for his endorsement. "Paul, do you endorse me?" Trump asked from the podium. "I'm here," replied O'Neill, who retired from the game in 2001.
Damon, who appeared on a season of Trump's series "The Apprentice" in 2015, has also given Trump his endorsement.
"I want (Trump) for president. I'm a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, (Trump) is bringing us up to speed." the retired player told the New York Daily News.
Sitting with the president at the Tampa Bay Rays exhibition game with the Cuban national team, New Jersey native Jeter told ESPN in an interview he is interested in owning a major league baseball team, according to a New York Times report.