I love Derek Jeter. Do you know why? Because every time people make fun of him or complain about him, he shows them up.
Remember when he was approaching his 3000th hit and people were sarcastically predicting that he’d hit a squibbler for an infield hit? Yeah, and what did Jeter do that day? Not only did he go 5-5 and help the Yankees win the game but he hit a long home run for his 3000th hit.
Tonight, it was more of the same. First people were complaining about Jeter being voted into the All-Star game, then they were complaining that John Farrell was going to play him at shortstop and bat him first. And what did Jeter do? Oh he just made a great defensive play to start the game that would have been an out if someone other than Andrew McCutchen were running down the line. And after he received a nice ovation from the crowd and his fellow players, he stepped into the box for his last first at bat and after a ball by Adam Wainwright to start the game, Jeter grooved a pitch into right field for a double.
He scored when Mike Trout hit a triple to left.
But Jeter wasn’t done.
In the third inning, he came up again, this time against Alfredo Simon, and after working the count, he dunked a single into right field. He advanced to second during Trout’s at bat when Simon and Jonathan Lucroy were crossed up but he ended up not scoring that inning.
So Derek Jeter finished 2-2 in his final All-Star game, and for his career, he finished with .481 in the mid-summer classic (That’s what they call it, right? (13/27), which places him 5th all-time.
Before the game, he gave a quick speech to his American League teammates: