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Former Yankees player Paul O’Neill spotted at Trump event

Donald Trump hugged former New York Yankees star Paul O'Neill (right) before speaking in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday.
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Donald Trump hugged former New York Yankees star Paul O'Neill (right) before speaking in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday.

Paul O’Neill, the former Yankees outfielder, received a special shout-out from Donald Trump as he addressed the national press corps on Tuesday night.

At the event in Jupiter, Fla., Trump was seen chatting with O’Neill before he took the stage to speak about his strong showing in Tuesday’s primaries.

While he was at the podium, Trump enthusiastically pointed out O’Neill in the audience, and playfully asked for his endorsement.

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“Thank you Paul, wow,” Trump said after O’Neill assented.

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“A great endorsement from Ohio,” Trump said. O’Neill was born in Ohio and played for the Cincinnati Reds before being traded to the Yankees.

Later on in his address, Trump mentioned the former major leaguer again.

“When Paul was a Yankee, he just didn’t make mistakes,” Trump said, calling the baseball player “tough” and “smart,” adding, “We could use that right now.”

One Washington Post reporter tweeted that O’Neill told him he is a big Trump supporter.