It wasn’t much of a shocker Derek Jeter was leading the American League shortstops in votes when the first round of results came in, but Jeter has learned not to really get his hopes up when the first count of voting comes in. After all, he was leading the ballot in 1999 until a few hours before voting closed; that was when Nomar Garciaparra swooped in and won the staring spot. Regardless, Jeter considers it an honor to be in the All Star Games, and it doesn’t seem as if there’s anyone that’s going to beat him out this year; it’s Jeter’s final season, and fans want one more look at the Captain before he rides off into the sunset.
“I always tell you guys, All-Star Games are great,” Jeter said. “It’s a fun experience. You never know when you’re going to get a chance to go, but it’s something that I think every player would look forward to.”
Jeter’s former teammate and current manager Joe Girardi would like to see Jeter in the All-Star game, believing Jeter has definitely earned the chance to go due to the impact he’s had on the game of baseball.
“I would love to see it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I think he’s played extremely well. I know Ramirez has played extremely well in Chicago, too. I understand he’s third overall in votes and I think that’s a great thing. He’s meant a ton to this game.”
We know Derek Jeter isn’t the best shortstop in the American League this year, but what we do know is the All-Star game lets the fans choose who they want to see and be honored, and according to the vote, the person people would like to see is Jeter. Who can say no to voting for the Captain?