Derek Jeter didn’t play coy after the game. He was asked what that ball hit in the seventh inning, and Jeter answered as simply as possible.
“The bat,” he said.
Jeter showed bunt and tried to spin out of the way when the pitch came inside. The ball made contact, the bat went flying and Jeter grabbed his left arm. Joe Girardi and Gene Monahan came sprinting out of the dugout. Jeter remembered the on-field conversation being pretty simple. Girardi asked Jeter if he was OK, and Jeter said yes. From there, it was all about selling the bit.
“Geno did more acting than I did,” Jeter said.
When Curtis Granderson followed with a two-run home run to put the Yankees in the lead, Jeter’s bit of acting seemed to be the most pivotal moment of the game. It stayed that way until Dan Johnson’s second home run.
“It’s part of the game,” Jeter said. “I’ve been hit before and they said I wasn’t hit. My job is to get on base.”