Last night was Yankees captain Derek Jeter's very last All-Star Game. And he hit a double, thanks to a pitch that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright initially admitted was grooved.
Wainwright said, "I was going to give him a couple of pipe shots… he deserved it. I didn’t realize he would get a double, or else I would’ve changed my mind. I probably should’ve pitched him a little better than that." But later he said, "If I’m going to be taken to the slaughterhouse for saying a stupid phrase then I deserve it. I tried to execute a good strike. I didn’t want to give up a hit to Derek Jeter. … Who cares if it doesn’t count? But it does, and that’s why I was trying to get outs. I can admit when I was wrong. I messed up."
Anyway, here's Jeter's All-Star at-bat, complete with Bob Sheppard introduction:
Jeter said of the pitches, "He grooved them? The first one was a little cutter he threw down and away. He probably assumed I was swinging so he didn’t groove the first one, the second one was about 98, two-seamer that I stayed on really good.’.. I don’t know, man. I didn’t see 98. If he grooved it, thank you, you still got to hit it, I appreciate it if that’s what he did, Thank you."
And here's Jeter leaving the game, which the American League won 5-3, ensuring the AL Champion team home field advantage during the World Series:
Now, you can further have your emotions manipulated with help from Spike Lee, Michael Jordan and Rudy Giuliani in Nike's tribute ad to Jeter: