MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter had two hits and scored one run in two at-bats in the All-Star Game Tuesday evening, after he was honored by both the American and National leagues in the midst of his final season.
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Before he stepped to the plate, Jeter waved to admirers in the seats and on the field during a two-minute standing ovation before digging in and hitting a double for the American League against Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Trout drove in Jeter with a triple. Then Miguel Cabrera’s smash was the first to leave an All-Star field in two years. Nobody went deep in 2013.
Jeter also started the third with a single, raising his All-Star batting average to .481, with 13 hits in 27 at-bats. That was the second-best of all time for players with 20 or more at-bats, behind Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer.
Jeter was removed to another roar from the fans in the top of the fourth inning.
With the captain of the New York Yankees set to retire after the season, Jeter’s 14th All-Star game was to be his last. His first one as a starter in 2000 was special, as was the 2008 version at Yankee Stadium.
“This is a game that I’ve truly always looked forward to. I’ve appreciated the time that I’ve had here. So it’s kind of difficult to say that I’ll try to enjoy it more,” Jeter said on Monday amid a predictably large crowd of cameras and reporters during the media interview session for the American League players.
Though the Yankees have been hovering around the .500 mark, the future Hall of Famer has said many times he’s only focused on chasing another championship, not gathering farewell gifts or reflecting nostalgically on his exceptional career. That part has been left up to everyone else around the game.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said before the game that Jeter’s final presence was what excited him the most about this year’s event.READ MORE: De Blasio Says City Prepared For School Staffing Shortages As COVID Vaccine Deadline Approaches
“I know the All-Star game isn’t about a certain player or a certain team, but I feel like it is. This is about Derek Jeter. And the National League guys, they understand that as well,” Price said.
For Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins, Jeter has been one of those “guys you can tell your grandkids about” pitching to.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who’ll start the All-Star game for the National League on Tuesday night at Target Field, will throw his first pitch to Jeter when the 40-year-old steps to the plate as the AL leadoff man.
“I’m very excited about it, just to say I faced the best,” Wainwright said. “And he is undoubtedly one of the best to ever play his position.”
To Jeter’s left was second baseman Robinson Cano, who left the Yankees in the offseason and signed with the Seattle Mariners.
“I’m really happy that I’ll be able to be a part of his final All-Star game and be on the same team. It’s pretty amazing,” Cano said. “He’s one of the biggest parts of my career. He was one of those guys when I first came up who was there on and off the field.”
To Jeter’s right was third baseman Josh Donaldson, who recalled a double he hit for the Oakland Athletics in his first time playing against Jeter and the Yankees in 2012.
“He was like, ‘Hey, good swing, kid,'” Donaldson said. “I was like, ‘Thanks, Mr. Jeter.'”
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