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Derek Jeter’s final, wonderful All-Star Game ends in the fourth inning

Jul 15, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Derek Jeter‘s final All-Star Game wasn’t half bad.

It started with a loud and long round of applause during player introductions and a louder and longer round when he made a very slick stop of an Andrew McCutchen ground ball in the top of the first. On a shot to his left, mind you, which is a play Jeter has not always made well. He made it well tonight, however, and even though he couldn’t quite get the speedy McCutchen at first — no one could, most likely — it was a very nice beginning to his game.

The nice beginning continued in the bottom of the first when he came to bat to a longer and louder round of applause. N.L. catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the home plate umpire took several steps back to give Jeter some time and the spotlight. But as is always the case with Jeter, he’d rather get down to business. He smiled and thanked the crowd, but he also looked back at Lucroy several times as if to say “Get your ass back in that box and let’s get on with this, will ya?” He wasn’t annoyed, but his demeanor was certainly consistent with what he’s been saying all week: he’s here for a baseball game, not a tribute.

Jeter then promptly laced a double off Adam Wainwright and came around to score on Mike Trout‘s triple. Jeter is not a young man. He is not the player he once was. But on this night he looked like he could do this forever. He came up again in the bottom of the third and dropped a bloop single down the first base line that fell in between Paul Goldschmidt and Yasiel Puig. He took second on a wild pitch but was stranded there to end the inning.

Then: the departure. Jeter took his position at shortstop to start the top of the fourth.  But the game paused and Alexei Ramirez came running out to relieve him. They hugged at short, and Jeter jogged off the field to the largest ovation of the night, with “New York, New York” playing over the P.A. More hugs in the dugout and, finally, a curtain call. This whole process took close to five minutes. The applause did not stop. It didn’t even flag.

Jeter came into the league with a bang nearly 20 years ago. He’s certainly making a hell of an exit.

  1. renaado - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Memorable moment.

    • boogerhill - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Too bad he didn’t belong this year, Alan Trammell was just as good, won’t sniff the Hall because he didn’t play in NY!

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM

  2. asspantz - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Sounds like you wish he’d keep doing you forever.

  3. 1998yanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Sure was funny some dude yells “overrated”, as Jeter hits a double.

    • boogerhill - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      that .190 below Mendoza was AWESOME last year!

      • twinfan24 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Really? He only played 17 games last year, and you are going to try to claim that was some sort of issue? Your screen name is apt.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Here’s the gif of that guy yelling overrated as Jeter lines a double. Classic!

      https://vine.co/v/MQ7gOFPYD7A

    • twinfan24 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      That was indeed hilarious that he hits the double when the guy was yelling that. I would even give credence to the fact that he was overrated in some ways, but that wasn’t the time or place to yell it. Made it sound like sour grapes. The one thing that Jeter has seemed to always be able to do was come up big in the big moments. Tonight’s game was no different. Even if it is true that Waino grooved him one, he still needed to hit it.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    How much dinero for copies of that Derek Jeter version Yankees hat?

  5. quintjs - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Like Jeter does not win next years ballot as a write-in candidate…

  6. daviddmsvcp - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You have to hand it to Jeter. He’s going out in style. Heck of a guy.

  7. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Wainwright said he grooved a couple to Jeter. Really poor! I don’t mind he did it, but why SAY you did it?????? Ruins the whole purpose.

    • scyankee64 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      He only said that because Jeter got a hit. I guess he grooved one to Trout too.

      • dolphanphan - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        And Cabrera’s homer.

  8. mikhelb - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Spanish broadcasters in ESPN had just said “everybody has to hit the ball towards Jeter because he can not field” and blam! he fielded that line that was ruled a single by the 1st base umpire.

    Jeter, the most overrated player in history, ends with the second highest batting average lifetime in the all-star, and among the 8th with most hits in MLB history in regular season.

    • Senor Cardgage - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      You say “ruled a single” like the replay didn’t confirm he beat the ball. He beat the ball.

    • boogerhill - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      That title belongs to Gary Carter! How he’s in the Hall and Ted Simmons is not, is a travesty!

      • scyankee64 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Agree. The old timers better put Simmons in soon.

  9. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Haters gonna hate, but that was fun.

  10. tfbuckfutter - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Someday I will tell my grandson of this night. And, over time, embellishment is sure to happen and legend will grow.

    I shall tell the youngster that on this night, Jeter hit 4 homeruns, the final one in the bottom of the ninth to score a come from behind walk off victory.
    And he’ll say “It was the All Star game. That doesn’t even count.”
    And I will look that toe-headed ragamuffin in the eye and say “Neither did any of his Gold Gloves.”

  11. natsattack - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    1 more hit and his All-Star AVG would have been .500

  12. 1998yanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    His 5 rings count!!

  13. elwaysmilehighdenver - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Class. Kalamazoo’s smiling for #2

    • tigers182 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      I think we all smile when we #2

      3-

  14. serbingood - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    So when does The Vatican nominate him for Sainthood?

  15. cabrera24 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Trouts double was a foul ball !

  16. dirtydrew - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    If he played for 20 years on the Pirates or the Royals, he would not be getting all this love. It’s a little weird.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Agreed he wouldn’t get as much love, but he would get quite a bit. He had the good fortune to play on good teams, and happen to come up with some plays and hits in the postseason to help hype his fame. But, with the exception of some bogus Gold Gloves, most of his other accomplishments are legit.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        He’s Rafeal Palmeiro without the PED scandal.

        A certain HOF, but certainly not a legend.

        He really is getting a ridiculous amount of extra adoration solely because he played for a consistently good franchise, he was over-exposed because of the market in which he played, his visage afforded him good ad campaigns, and he kept his nose clean. I.e. “hype”.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        I know the thumbs downs are because I said “solely” and then made multiple points.

        KEEP YOUR THUMBS NEUTRAL WORD NERDS!

      • boogerhill - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        I have never used steroids “period”!

    • ctony1216 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      If the Royals or Pirates won 5 championships and a boatload of division titles with Jeter as captain for close to 20 years, then yes, he probably would be getting all this love.

      By the way, the fact that Jeter grew up a Yankees fan and dreamed of playing shortstop for the Yankees, and remained a Yankee his entire career does say something too.

  17. 1998yanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Yes he would. Have you ever heard of George Brett? Cal Ripken with the orioles? Common man.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      But they won MVPs.

      Because they were both the Most Valuable Player at some point.

      Also, the Orioles and Royals won titles during those respective players’ runs. They weren’t the terrible franchises they have been during Jeter’s career.

      His point was valid. (Although I like that you ignore the Pirates and just substituted a different franchise. That was a neat maneuver).

      Although his point isn’t valid because if Jeter had been the really solid player he was his entire career (More WAR than Rafeal Palmeiro and almost as many as Larry Walker*!), he wouldn’t have been affordable to those franchises so he would have ended up in a bigger market eventually anyway.

      *In only 3 more seasons!

      • 18thstreet - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        Jeter probably could have won an MVP the year that Morneau won it (though Mauer was more deserving than either of them).

        I’m amazed he didn’t win it that year.

  18. 1998yanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Agreed.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      You realize no one knows who the hell you’re talking to when you don’t reply or tag, right?

      It’s not 1998 anymore. This isn’t an IRC room.

  19. bleedingfacemask - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Reading this article about Jeter made me think of Cal Ripkin Jr’s final All-Star game at Safeco, when he led off with a homer. Did a quick google, and saw that several news orgs had already written about the same damn thought that I had.

    It’s nice to see the classy guys of this sport get a groove in their final showcase game. On a related note, I’m hoping A-Rod gets beaned.

  20. jimmyt - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Good Lord, after reading that I think I’m going into diabetic coma. Can Jeter please just touch Craig so his life will be complete?

  21. Fantasy Football Consultant - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Oh! Just “wonderful”! Smh

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