Sellout MLB All-Star Game Crowd Gives Jeter Multiple Ovations
A sellout crowd last night at Target Field gave Yankees SS Derek Jeter a "thunderous ovation during the starting lineup introductions" for his last MLB All-Star Game before retirement. Jeter "stepped to the plate in the first inning and was greeted by a deafening ovation" again. Jeter fielded his position in the fourth inning "but was dramatically removed from the game," and the "ovation was deafening" (USA TODAY, 7/16).
The BOSTON GLOBE's Nick Cafardo writes the atmosphere "was like 1999 at Fenway Park." The S.F. CHRONICLE's John Shea writes, "It could have been Fenway Park, Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Camden Yards or the Coliseum. Anywhere, Jeter would have received the same kind of reception." The Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE's Jim Souhan: "If you were not entertained by the 85th All-Star Game, baseball is not for you."
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was interviewed during the game and asked what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment on the job. Selig: “Overall, the economic changes that have produced what I call competitive balance. The greatest in baseball history. We're a long way from where we were in 1992.” The one thing he wished he could have done differently: “I will say the '94 World Series. ... I'm proud of the fact we've had 22 years of labor peace, but do I wish somehow there would have been a way to stop that? I do" (Fox, 7/15).