Every baby brother admires his older brother, and it looks like Jeb Bush is ready to follow in George W. Bush's footsteps by owning a minority stake in a Major League Baseball team.
After submitting separate bids to purchase the team, the Miami Herald is reporting that Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter are teaming up to buy the floundering Miami Marlins.
Former President George W. Bush saw great success as a leading investor in the Texas Rangers during the 1990s. Bush's savvy moves with the Rangers helped build his reputation as a successful businessman and eventually helped him win the governorship in Texas.
Both Bush sons appear to share a love for baseball, something that no doubt comes from their father, former President George H.W. Bush. As the captain of the Yale baseball team in 1948, George H.W. Bush met baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Joining forces with Jeter is likely to boost the profile of Jeb Bush's bid for the Marlins. With 19 seasons in the major leagues, Jeter is highly respected in baseball and was briefly teammates with Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
When asked about the prospect of Jeter potentially owning a part of the franchise, Mattingly seemed supportive.
“I don't know, I'm sure he'd be good," Mattingly said. ”[Jeter] pretty much seems to be good at everything that he tries to do."
After unsuccessfully challenging President Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Jeb Bush returned home to Coral Gables, Florida, where he has remained largely out of the pubic eye. Jeter owns a house in Tampa, Florida, where he has spent much of his time since retiring from baseball in 2014.
Interestingly, White House adviser Jared Kushner's family was close to buying the team in February, but a handshake deal with current owner Jeffrey Loria fell through as a result of speculation that Loria could be named U.S. ambassador to France.
The family sent a letter to the Washington Post explaining that it was pulling its bid to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
“If that is true, we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it,” the family wrote in response to reports that Loria was being considered for the ambassadorship. “The Kushners remain interested in purchasing a team and would love to buy the Marlins at another time.”