Jeter helps AL to 5-3 win in 2014 All-Star Game

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With an assist to leadoff hitter and Yankees captain Derek Jeter, the American League beat the National League by the score of 5-3 in the 2014 All-Star Game on Tuesday night. The AL will have home field advantage in the World Series this fall, which will be helpful after the Yankees make their huge second half surge and secure a postseason spot.

Jeter received the loudest ovations of the night, both during pre-game introductions and before each at-bat. He was pulled after taking the field in the fourth inning and was cheered as he exited to the dugout, eventually coming out for the curtain call. It was a pretty cool moment. Jeter went 2-for-2 with a double off Adam Wainwright in the first and a single off Alfredo Simon in the third, both to the opposite field (of course). He scored the game’s first run on Mike Trout’s triple. Trout was eventually named MVP. I thought Jeter would get it.

Following the game — or really in the middle of it — Wainwright created some controversy by saying he grooved a pitch to Jeter in his first at-bat. He eventually backtracked and said he misspoke, but whatever. It’s not the first time a pitcher has grooved a pitch to a legend in an All-Star Game, see Chan Ho Park and Cal Ripken Jr. Don’t forget Ian Kinsler’s weak attempt to field a Chipper Jones ground ball during the 2012 Midsummer Classic, allowing it to scoot by for a hit. Who cares. Grooved pitch or not, it was an awesome night for Jeter.

Dellin Betances did not pitch in the game and as far as I know he did not even warm up. Disappointing but I’m fine with it. He could use the rest. Masahiro Tanaka, the team’s third All-Star, was not in Minnesota because he is receiving treatment for his partially torn elbow ligament. What a sad sentence. Here is the box score, if you’re looking for it. There is no Major League Baseball at all these next two days. Everything returns to normal on Friday, when the Reds come to the Bronx for a three-game weekend set.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I don’t know or care if Wainwright grooved the pitch.

    I thought it was completely out of line for him to then go to the press in the middle of the game to say he did. It just made everyone involved look terrible. I have absolutely no idea what he was hoping to accomplish there, but it didn’t work.

    • Farewell Mo

      True or not, some things are better off left unsaid

      • TWTR

        It’s like he wants it both ways. Yeah, I’m a nice guy, but don’t think I could possibly give up a hit to him if I didn’t want to do it.

        That is so low rent.

        • Patrick

          he was just humiliated by giving up 3 runs in one inning, and was attempting to divert some of that by making himself seem like a class act.

          Instead he seems like an asshole.

          • Maris61

            Did he “groove” the pitches to Trout and Cabrera too?

            • RetroRob

              His first pitch was 94 mph in the dirt, his second pitch was a 90 mph cutter, the second hardest cutter he threw that inning.

              I have no idea if Wainright grooved a pitch or not, but as Jeter said you still have to hit it.

      • BigDavey88

        I’m of the opinion that MLB made him retract his statement in the middle of the game.

        • The Great Gonzo

          This felt like the most likely scenario too. His apology didn’t feel sincere to me.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            “Hello, my name is Adam Wainwright and, unlike every single athlete to ever play in an All-Star exhibition, I go all 250% when I pitch in a game that means just about nothing. Don’t even try to think otherwise. Wipe that smirk off your face. Shout-out to my boy, Masahiro. You got some good years left on that elbow before you can take that year-long vacation.”

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s supposed to be a meaningless vanity game. Actually basing some sort of advantage on who wins the game is the problem, not what Tanaka-best-case-scenario said or didn’t say.

  • MB923

    Glad Trout won the MVP because he deserved it, BUT he May have gotten some help by the 3rd base umpire in the 4th or 5 inning when he hit the ball down the line that was ruled fair. It very well could have been foul. Gave him an extra hit and RBI and pretty much secured him of the MVP (not at that time , but that’s clearly the difference maker)

    And if it would have been ruled foul , who knows what he would have done after. Oh well. It is what it is.

  • nycsportzfan

    How does Derek not get the MVP? Its not like you can’t make a case for it. being caps last yr, and having the kinda game he did, makes it easy decison to give him the AS mvp.

    • MB923

      Because Trout had the better game. And if one is going to reference Mo winning it last year, I have no answer to that. I assume out of respect. I suppose it doesn’t make sense to give 1 MVP and not the other, but in the end I can bet DJ doesn’t give a damn, so why should we?

      Still had a great game and great All Star finish. Plus the AL won.

      • Rick

        Agreed, they gave it to the player who had the superior game. No gripes there. Just great to see Jeter make the impact that he did in front of a major audience one last time.

        Hopefully he can do it in the playoffs if we somehow find a way to get there. I’m always pining for that one last Jeter memory.

    • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      I think the biggest case for giving Derek the MVP is also the biggest reason to not get upset that he didn’t win.

      Its the All Star Game MVP. It doesn’t matter.

      • BigDavey88

        Yeah, Derek doesn’t need a Corvette when he has ALL OF THOSE EDGES!

    • GreenArmMike

      It played right into the MLB narrative they were hoping for, which I think is great! Everyone talks about Trout potentially being heir apparent to Jeter’s throne, if you will. The entire day was about Jeter until he got pulled, which was very nice. Then, because of a great performance, they got to give Trout the MVP. Out with the old, in with the new, quite literally. They honestly couldn’t have paid for a better PR move. Claps all around.

  • Daniel

    Has anyone seen the Glen Perkins commercial where he hits the HR? Does he actually hit it out? I can’t tell.

  • EndlessJose

    I love Jeter but I feel the Mo farewell tour was more memorable especially seeing Mo talk to the workers of other teams.Mo isn’t as popular as Jeter but Mo was more sincere and beloved.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      yeah, but at least Jeter gives them all giftbaskets.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      You do realize that Mo played only a few innings a week right? He had time to do this stuff.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Different players. Different personas. Different farewells.

      This seems more congruent to me with how I envisioned Jeter’s farewell than what Mo recieved. Jeter is understated, business-like, and a man of few words.

      • Kiko Jones

        Jeter is understated, business-like, and a man of few words.

        Don’t sound like the requirements for a team captain, huh?

        • Yankee Fan 1

          He is like that with the media. But anyone who has watched him the past 20 years knows he’s much more animated in the dugout and on the field with the guys. It’s weird to me that so many people try to diminish his role in the clubhouse, since his teammates gush about him. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t pay the guys to say nice things ( although that would be funny)

  • Patrick

    Mike- the Fox broadcast said that Dellin and Beurhle were designated by Farrell to be not scheduled to pitch, so they’d be ready in the event of an extra innings game.

  • Nathan

    Jeet proves everyone wrong again, from the “overrated” idiot chanting to the ESPN article saying he’s the worst All-Star. Legacy pick or not, not sure how you don’t pick Jeter for his final ASG, especially when you know he has a penchant for games like today.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      I’m shocked!

      I’m shocked!

      ESPN says something negative about Boston’s biggest rival

      Shocking.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Anyone notice when Jeter was coming out the game Selig wasn’t clapping, then he realized the camera was on him and he started clapping like a seal.

    What wrong with Bud, is he that jealous?

    • Im One

      Don’t you read the Derek Jeter Diary posted on Grantland each week? Those will explain it all. :-)

  • j

    It would have been nice for Betances to get in the game just so he could get some exposure. Not really a household name, showing off his stuff on a national stage would have been good for him.

    OTOH, getting the extra rest isn’t a bad consolation prize.

    • Im One

      Definitely agree with this. Disappointing for him. His first half performance was better than most, if not all, of the relief pitchers that got into the game. But getting the rest poentially helps the Yankees the rest of the season.

  • Mberk15

    Disappointing??? Thank GOD Delin didn’t pitch. At least the poor kid can rest a few days before Girardi gets to finishing Scott Proctoring him.

  • sevrox

    Jeter seemed a bit embarrassed with all of the attention spewed upon him – it did seem a bit much. And I am a die-hard Yank fan.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      it wasn’t enough. They should have performed a human sacrifice and renamed the country after him.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Saw a tiny bit of the game. ASGs are never my thing, but this is special. Appreciated the contrast and understated beauty of the captain’s exit. Two of the greatest ever in two consecutive years, both never wore a uniform other than than the proudest one there is to wear in sports.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I, as well, don’t really get into the ASGs. But I was glued to the first 3-4 innings. The first few innings (Jeter aside) were actually pretty damn good. Some good pitching by Felix, some fun offense by the Trout/Miggy/Jeter show, and Lester getting hit pretty hard… All in all, a fun 1/2 game.

      • Im One

        Yeah,I enjoyed seeing Lester get hit and will continue to enjoy it every time it happens … until he signs with the Yankees.

  • Mick taylor

    That scumbag selig said his greatest legacy was creating competitive balance. What bullshit. In the last 40 years more different teams have won championships in baseball than in football or basketball. Since this scumbag took over his agenda has been tohurt and tarnish the yanks- see Mitchell report. Yanks should fight an international draft. Yanks should fight abolish all amateur drafts . This is like socialism. If this crap continues yanks should leave baseball and start their own league. Today’s major leagues are expanded from the original 16 teams anyway

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Someday, I will be rich enough to but half of America dictionaries, in which I will have already, in yellow highlighter, marked the actual definition of “socialism” for them.

      I think making the ASG anything but the meaning less vanity exhibition it should remain as was probably my least favorite Selig moment.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Anyone expecting mick taylor to use the correct definition of political terms hasn’t been on RAB before.

        • Kiko Jones

          I didn’t read past “That scumbag Selig…” That was good enough for me.

      • Richie Rich

        Spoken like a true Cuban.

        So you’re not only an authority on all things Yankees, but politics as well?

        Let’s dumb this down a bit for you: I think what he was getting at is that the draft takes away the influence of the Yankees one key advantage, cash. A truly capitalist system would allow amateur players to go to the highest bidder. While the draft isn’t entirely “socialist”, there are definitely parallels.

    • TWTR

      Yeah, whatever it is, it isn’t socialism.

    • karcotte

      The Yankees should take their ball and go home?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        They’ll still be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Hey-oh!

        I actually missed that part of mick’s post originally. I love it when the facade crumbles and they show you full troll.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Yes, they should pull a CM Punk.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          The Yankees should all go marry girls from my hometown of Union City, NJ?

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            Stop lying about yourself, you Miami pretender.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Meh. there’s a lot of socialism in sports. Look at the NFL.

      What’s worst is when tax payers are forced to pay for a new stadium. Though this is technically not socialism, as the taxpayer footing the bill isn’t allowed to share the vast NFL profits. The costs are socialized, but the profits are privatized.

  • Oy Vay !

    Dealin’ Dellin is proof that in life…. You just never know. This young man seemed near the end of his baseball life – or at least his Yankees life, just last year. Now he’s an ALL-STAR. And probably the coolest way to get voted in…. By the players. Good for you kid, good for you.

    • Kiko Jones

      The fact that he’s a homegrown Yankee, who’s first game at YS was supposedly Boomer’s perfecto, makes it even sweeter.

      • Kiko Jones

        *whose

        Ugh.

  • dc1874

    Willie Mays last all star game..Sparky Lyle faced him and threw nasty nasty sliders and struck him out. When asked later why he didnt groove one and let him hit one out….he said why should he…

  • Frank

    Now that’s over with, I’ll next tune in for Jeter’s last game at YS and then his last game at Fenway.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      So the number of games you’ll watch is less than the number of times you’ll comment on here. Gotcha.

  • Bayshoni

    Cano struck out in his only two at bats. He seems to have a lot of trouble hitting above-average stuff.

    • The Great Gonzo

      As I commented to friends last night on FB… It’s good to see that $240M still can’t get you to hit the breaking ball down-and-in.

      • baseballforpimps

        I was hollering at my boys about 153mil don’t get into all star game either. shit, every year FA gets more pathetic, glad the spankie only do biz there, or else how do other teams have a chance against the biggest pimp this side of IRS.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          Is this even english?

          • baseballforpimps

            yo son, you got to get out and do shit instead reading ma ruminations on pimping. I came from Clyde’s school of fascimilielish… reads good to me.

            • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

              I suppose that’s a good comeback, though I’m still not sure it’s English.

              • baseballforpimps

                you definitely a big baller Levine, we can speak the language of green on your next visit to baseballforpimps- a place where communications are done via other means.

                you dig?

                • FAA

                  BTW, S.A. Smith said, “Holla at ya boy!”

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          hmmm…

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You mispelled “O’Brien.”

  • BigDavey88

    I love me some Cano, but the way he swings at everything, has been trending downward with LHP production, and finally the fact that 2nd baseman tend to not age well, I don’t think he’s going to age gracefully. Yankees dodged a bullet there.

    Still, M’s fans are currently enjoying the most fun season they’ve had in a decade, so good for them

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

    Does talking for 20 seconds count as a speech?

    • Im One

      In these days of Twitter & other social media? Yes.

    • baseballforpimps

      counts as conjugal visit in NYS, believe me son, the pimp knows.

  • baseballforpimps

    Jeter is the not only a member for baseballforPimps, but he is the damn president. That bat is adroit as ever, he just be unsheathing it now more than ever since he is a grizzled pimp, that’s pimpsabremetric 101.

    He be pimping on the real after this pathetic season is over.

  • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    Robbie looked like Swish in the post season. Great pitchers make good hitters look bad usually.

    As for Wainwright…low class in obvious distinction to Jeter’s high class. Derek would not and has not ever made that type of comment about a quality opponent. Gee, maybe Jeets should have been demanding a replay on the Mccutcheon base hit. It was worthy of it and would have been asked for in a regular season game.

    2 classic Jeterian hits

  • FAA

    I guess he will settle down with Hannah. Half his age and gorgeous. What a sacrifice!

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      I don’t think he’ll settle down with anyone.

      Oh, he may get married out of boredom, but it won’t last.

      He’s in many ways like DiMaggio in that he has always kept people at a distance.