Derek Jeter has come out of his final All-Star Game.
In the top of the fourth inning, Alexi Ramirez went to shortstop and Jeter came off the field to a thunderous ovation. He gave hugs and handshakes to everyone in the American League dugout, then went back out for a curtain call. Cameras showed Jeter’s family applauding in the stands.
And, there’s a chance Jeter will be named MVP when this is all said and one.
Jeter went 2-for-2 including a leadoff double in the first inning. He’s also scored a run and he made one pretty nice play in the field, going to his left to very nearly get Andrew McCutchen out on the game’s very first ball put in play.
As expected, Jeter received the biggest ovation during player introductions. He was also the star of the pregame show, which included a one-on-one interview with Jeter, a video tribute to Jeter, and some footage of Jeter addressing his teammates in the clubhouse.
“Trust me,” he told them. “It goes quickly.”
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