MLB calls out Jeter for skipping All-Star game!
“Derek Jeter has done everything right during his whole career, He was wrong on this one. This could have been a celebration of his 3,000th hit, He didn’t have to play.”, an anonymous MLB official told the NY Daily News. - espn
Derek Jeter has decided to miss the 2011 MLB All-Star game tonight (8PM EST FOX) all together. He was picked as a starter, but with his exhausting week-end getting the 3,000 hit mile-stone, he chose to not even make an appearance. MLB had a ceremony arranged for the future HOF’er for his amazing accolade. Foxsports reported that he will not be attending because of ”emotional and physical exhaustion” from his pursuit of 3,000 hits. Jeter received a lot of speculation from players and the league alike! Check out some remarks, courtesy espn:
Phillies chairman Bill Giles, the honorary president of the NL, told the Daily News that the league has to look into seemingly healthy players skipping the All-Star Game.
“I think it’s too bad that Jeter in particular is not here, because of what he accomplished over the weekend. I think it is a bit of a problem and baseball should study it,” he said, according to the NY Daily News.
“I don’t think it’s my place to speak for others,” Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman said. “But for me, personally, if you get selected to be here, you have an obligation. You gotta be here. If you can go, you gotta go.”
Former Yankee manager, Joe Torre, couldn’t even convince Jeter to at least attend the game.
“I do believe, as a ballplayer, if you have no injuries, you should be here,” NY Mets Carlos Beltran said. “The fans are the ones that vote for you and want to see you here.”
Russell Martin, NY Yankees catcher and teammate, stuck up for Jeter.
“He’s just coming off the DL, he played a bunch of games in a row,” Martin said, according to the Daily News. “I’m sure the fans wanted to see him here, he just got his 3,000th hit — and the way he did it was incredible — but he’s got to take care of himself, and make sure that he’s healthy. You have to respect that.”