Sure, the American League beat the National League 5-3 and Mike Trout won the All-Star Game MVP–but the real winner of the night was Derek Jeter. Jeter made his 14th and final appearance in the All-Star Game and he went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored before being lifted in the fourth.
Okay, so Adam Wainwright admitted he threw a pitch that Jeter could handle which resulted in the Jeter double…
“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots,” Wainwright said. “He deserved it.”
But Wainwright clarified himself when his comments caused a lot of controversy along the internet. After the game, Derek Jeter took that chance to make a comedic comment of his own.
“He grooved them?” he asked. “I don’t know, man. … If he grooved it, thank you. You still have to hit it.”
Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game felt extremely surreal; from the recording of Bob Sheppard when Jeter stepped to the plate, the Jordan’s Nike commercial to the multiple standing ovations to when he was taken out of the game by Alexei Ramirez to the tune of “New York, New York.” Fans were having a tough time trying to keep their emotions in check, especially when Jeter jogged into the dugout and gave a final curtain call. However, Jeter brought the laughs again when he was interviewed by Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds–and made lighthearted jokes about Reynolds’s age.
Commissioner Bud Selig attended the All-Star Game (this is Selig’s final All-Star game as the Major League Baseball commissioner), and he had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Yankees captain, a player who will be missed at the end of this year when he hangs up his cleats for good.
“If you were sitting two decades ago and you said, ‘Boy, this is a guy I want to be the face of baseball and be what this generation will remember,’ you couldn’t have written a script like this,” Selig said. “He is just remarkable.”