The Major League Baseball All-Star game was last night, and there was always only going to be one star of the show.
In his final All-Star appearance, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter was at his best in front of a crowd that gave him a minute long standing ovation. Jeter went on to show his appreciation of the spectators applause after being removed from the game in the 4th inning.
"But the way the fans treated me, these are fans from all different teams and the fans have always been respectful of me my entire career, both at home and on the road. And to have that moment in the All-Star game was special," the 40-year old Jeter said.
Jeter made a full-length diving stop on an Andrew McCutchen hit and went on to record two hits in his two at bats at Target Field. The Iconic number 2 became the oldest player in history to have a multi-hit game in All-Star history, overtaking Carl Yastrzemski and Babe Ruth.
Mike Trout of the LA Angels walked away with the MVP award for his tie-breaking triple and go-ahead double, and afterwards spoke of his admiration for the retiring Jeter.
"You know growing up, (I) was setting goals to myself that if I ever get a chance to the big leagues, that's how I want to play," Trout said after the game.
"And the way he carries himself on and off the field, how he respects the game, always hustling, it doesn't matter what the score is. If they're down ten runs, he's always running the ball out. That's how I want to play."
Who knows, maybe we’ll be talking about Trout like this in a decade or so, when he decides to leave the game. But last night was all about Jeter, and Mr October delivered like he always has done on the big stage.