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I thought it was awesome. All of it. Most of what went down last night is going to get swallowed up in Adam Wainwright-gate today, and that's fine. I really don't care if he grooved a pitch for Jeter or not. As tiresome as the MSM's love for Jeter can get, and I've admittedly soured on a lot of his media-made reputation as I've gotten older, last night was really cool to watch. It was great seeing how much respect and genuine admiration all the players had for him, it was great seeing the old inside-out swing for a double down the right field line again, and it was great to see Jeter make that diving stop in the 1st and show that he can still dial it up and do stuff like that from time to time, even at age 40.
There are great players, good players, All Stars, and MVPs, but there are very few generational players in baseball. Derek Jeter is a generational player. He's one of, if not the first player you think of when you think of the last 20 years of baseball, and hundreds of years from now when people are looking back through history, he'll still be the first name associated with this era. Players like that deserve to have a special send-off from their peers and fellow competitors and fans and it was neat to get to watch Jeter get that moment last night. It was cool with Mo, it was cool with Cal Ripken, and it was cool last night. Even somebody as jaded on Jeter as me can admit and appreciate that.