In what was the most expected moment of the All-Star Game at Target Field this year, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter got a hit in his first at-bat of the game when he led off for the American League on Tuesday night.
National League starter Adam Wainwright was the one who gave up the hit to Jeter and he violated the one rule about giving up a hit to a legend in his last All-Star Game — he talked about it.
As though it wasn’t already assumed, Wainwright wanted to make sure how much he had to do with Jeter getting his hit and didn’t even wait until the game was half over to confirm he allowed Jeter to get a hit off of him.
Adam Wainwright admitted he grooved a fastball to Derek Jeter in the first: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 16, 2014
It’s sort of a bummer that Wainwright had to ruin the moment and let us know about the man behind the curtain, but it still doesn’t change how cool the All-Star Game has been for Jeter’s legacy. In a new ballpark with young players, Jeter was the star of the show and all he had to do was go 2-for-2 — apparently with some assistance.