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Adam Wainwright admits grooving a pitch to Derek Jeter

Jul 15, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter smacked a double to right field off National League starter Adam Wainwright in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game at Target Field. Jeter then came around to score on a Mike Trout triple in what became a three-run opening frame for the American League.

Wainwright met with reporters after his one-inning outing and admitted that he purposely gave Jeter a hittable pitch in the shortstop’s final Midsummer Classic. Via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports

There are a couple of major issues here … 1. It defeats the purpose of grooving a pitch to honor a guy if you then acknowledge publicly that you grooved that pitch. 2. However dumb the rule may be — and it is indeed very dumb — winning the All-Star Game means earning homefield advantage for the World Series that same season, and Wainwright’s Cardinals are a year-by-year mainstay in the National League playoff picture.

FOLLOWUP: Adam Wainwright to Erin Andrews: “I didn’t want Derek Jeter to get a hit”

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  1. tigersfandan - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Well, now’s he trying to cover for himself. It’s like he just read this entire thread.

  2. gattaga72 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    That’s no respect for the game!!! It goes to show Kershaw should of been the starter …. Waino just showed how confused he is about respect!!!! Last time I checked Jeter doesn’t need help getting hits!!! Stupid and then to admit it!!! Well that’s beyond stupid!!!!

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Excessive use of exclamation points!!!!

      Disrespect for punctuation!!!!

      Take a Xanax!!!!

  3. password1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”

    DOH!!!!!!!!!!! This sets the World Series schedule… how can any player not give him heck for this now!?

    • tigersfandan - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      That quote really doesn’t make much sense. He gave Jeter easy-to-hit pitches, but still wants to act surprised that Jeter got a double?

      • florida727 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Stupid response to try and cover a stupid act. Nothing wrong with respecting Jeter with a couple hittable pitches. Borderline idiotic to publicly admit it, let alone to a media guy, then you know it’ll get blown out of proportion. How about a response like: “yeah, I wanted to challenge him, gave him one in the mid-ninties in a location I didn’t think he’d want and he moved it anyway; that’s what guys like him can do to you”.

  4. shutur5hole - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Well were all of you upset when Brett Fave fell to the ground when his O line let Lawrence Taylor I believe rush in and set the All time sack record? Who really cares he grooved a pitch for Jeters Last All Star game you people are clowns to be bothered by this. Not a Jeter fan but he is a legend and didn’t need anyone to groove a pitch to get to where is is in the game. People get over it’s not a big deal wether he admitted it or not. He did it as respect for the Guy.

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:47 AM

      Michael Strahan. Brett Favre

    • jaydoubleyou22 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      The game was effectively over when Favre laid down for STRAHAN to set the SINGLE SEASON sack record. Waino laid down for the leadoff hitter of a game that determines home-field advantage of the World Series.

      Any reasonable person can see the difference between the two.

      Beyond that, yes, I was upset when Favre gifted the sack record to Strahan because it was a slap in the face to the guy whose record he broke.

      • jaydoubleyou22 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Jeter probably feels about like this right now too, so well done Wainwright.

        “I just hate that it got caught up in the wash of the record-breaking sack,” Strahan said. “The sack record’s great — absolutely phenomenal, but I almost feel like in a sense it was diminished, because everyone goes, ‘Oh, Brett Favre gave you a sack.’ I caught so much flak over it. It’s not worth it….”

        So putting aside the fact that it’s an awful idea to begin with, either serve up a softball and shut up about it or don’t do it at all. Doing it and then talking about it is the worst possible thing to do because it diminishes Jeter’s double and makes Waino look like a moron for willingly contributing to the AL having home-field advantage.

  5. shutur5hole - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Oh by the way the game was still 3-3 when both were removed from the game and the AL still won

  6. greymares - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Wainwright should be suspended.

  7. florida727 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Don’t forget too, Jeter had another hit in the game. So it’s not like he had a lousy appearance in his last ASG. 13 for 27 in his career (.481) in All-Star Game at-bats. I don’t care if it is a glorified “exhibition”, that’s pretty freaking good.

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