By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
Making his 14th All-Star Game appearance, and ninth start, Derek Jeter received a warm welcome from the city of Minnesota, and had a great game on the big stage in his final All-Star Game.
The very first batter of the game, reigning National League MVP, Andrew McCutchen almost set up a highlight reel play for Jeter to start the game. On a hard hit groundball to Jeter, a diving attempt to his left, and a strong throw was just a little short of getting the speedy McCutchen at First Base.
Batting lead-off for the American League, as a fan was heard cheering “overrated”, Jeter facing National League Starter, Adam Wainwright, and was able to smack a double down the Right Field line like he has done so many times in his career. A fan of Jeter growing up, the ultra-talented Mike Trout was batting behind him, and would hit a triple off the Right Field wall to score Jeter for the first run of the ball game.
In the bottom of the third inning, this time facing Alfredo Simon of the Cincinnati Reds, Jeter hit a base-hit to Right Field, for what would be his final at-bat of the game. In the top of the fourth inning, Alexi Ramirez would come in to take Jeter’s spot at Shortstop. Jeter left to a great ovation, took a curtain-call, and was congratulated by his teammates upon his exit. Lots of great moments for Jeter, as Minnesota and the MLB did a great job saying goodbye to the Captain.