All-Star 'controversy': Did Wainwright groove a pitch to Jeter?

July 16, 2014 

All Star Game Baseball

National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, of the St. Louis Cardinals, throws during the first inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis.

JIM MONE — AP Photo

As you've surely heard by now, Cardinals ace and National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright in essence admitted to grooving a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter, who wound up hitting a leadoff double in his final All-Star Game. After a social-media backlash, Wainwright back-tracked on his initial comments, but those words remain his words.

In any event, Jeter would later notch a single off Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon. After his outing was done, here's what Simon had to say about that:

“I tried to get him out, but if he got a base hit, it's no big deal. It's the All-Star Game. I'm happy for him."

Noticing an undercurrent here? It's no big deal. It's the All-Star Game. Although many players go through the motions during All-Star week of feigning seriousness and a sense of purpose, most don't really care about the All-Star Game.

They're absolutely right not to care.

More on the Wainwright-Jeter drama here.

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