Last night, Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch in the top of the 7th inning by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Chad Qualls.
It was no ordinary hit-by-pitch, though. In fact, Jeter admitted after the game that he wasn’t hit at all.
Derek Jeter is a brilliant man.
Here’s the play-by-play:
C Qualls relieved J Shields.
D Jeter hit by pitch.
Tampa Bay’s Manager J Maddon ejected by L Barksdale in the 7th.
C Granderson homered to right (362 feet), D Jeter scored.
The homerun by Granderson put the Yankees up 3-2. Tampa Bay would take the lead back for good in the bottom half of the inning on a Dan Johnson homerun.
I have absolutely no problem with what Jeter did. What was he supposed to do?
“Um.. I’m sorry Mr. Ump, but the ball actually hit the bat. Can I please go back to the batters box and finish my at bat?” — not a real quote
No. You’re playing to win and Derek Jeter certainly knows how to do that.
He is not the only player in major league baseball that would have faked being hit last night. He cannot be faulted for doing what he did. He was simply trying to help his team win the game.
If you’re going to bash him for doing it, then you’re going to have to bash a lot of guys.
Joe Maddon had every right to argue. This guy says Umpire Tim McClelland made the worst call of all time. Not quite sure about that, but it was pretty awful.
You can view the replay here. It’s not a direct link, but it’s in the article. There’s a distinct sound of contact from the ball and the bat. I’m not sure how the umpire couldn’t tell the difference, but Jeter sold it pretty well.
This could have had an effect on the outcome, but the Rays did win. I wonder what this will do for the debate on adding instant replay in the regular season.
The Yankees and Rays rivalry really didn’t need any more gasoline, but they surely got it. In the end, the Rays got the last laugh.