Jeter, Tanaka and Betances earn All-Star nods

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Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances? Pack your bags; you’re going to Minnesota!

Derek Jeter was elected into his final All-Star game while Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances were elected into their first All-Star games earlier this evening and they couldn’t have been excited about the opportunity. Here were their reactions on being told they were going to the All-Star game:

Derek Jeter: “I’m glad I have the opportunity to go. But I’m extremely happy for Tanaka and Dellin too. Those guys deserve it as much as anyone.”

Masahiro Tanaka: “Obviously I’m looking forward to it. To be part of it and to be able to meet with some of the best pitchers in the major leagues, that’s going to be a great experience for me. If there’s a chance, I’d definitely like to be able to talk with some of them and maybe pick their brains.”

Dellin Betances: “Wow. When Joe called me in the office, I was at a loss for words for a second. I’m truly blessed and honored to participate in this event. I’m so excited. … I was emotional earlier, because it’s been hard work. It’s been a long journey from all the years in the minor leagues, all the ups and downs, just to have such a good first half and for the players to vote for me, I’m truly humbled. It’s a crazy feeling for me right now. I’m enjoying each and every day here. I’m blessed to be a Yankee.”

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