Much like everything else he does, Derek Jeter has often been impressive in MLB's annual All-Star game.
After 20 years in the majors, it's obvious Jeter loves the big stage and has a knack for creating memorable moments. So there are sure to be a couple Jeter-centric memories in Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Expect the same pageantry we saw last year during Mariano Rivera's final All-Star appearance.
The question surrounding Jeter is whether he'll be another star whose final All-Star game was ho-hum, or if he'll add another memorable moment to his All-Star résumé.
As we know, it only takes one big hit to be an All-Star game hero. He's probably not going to go out like Cal Ripken Jr., but if Jeter can be Jeter, it wouldn't be at all surprising if he took home the MVP award should the AL win.
Jeter owns a .440 career batting average in All-Star games. That is, of course, a very small sample size, but he almost has a hit for every game he's appeared in — with 11 hits in 12 games. (He was voted to the roster in 2011, but didn't play because of an injury, so 2014 is his 14th All-Star selection and 13th game). Jeter's scored five runs in All-Star contests and never made an error.
Before Jeter's final All-Star game, we thought we'd look back at his five best All-Star moments. Cue the list.
1. WINNING THE MVP IN 2000
There's no debate about Jeter's most successful All-Star game. That's 2000 when he went 3-for-3, drove in two runs, scored another and was crowned the MVP. The AL won the game 6-3. The AL is 9-2-1 (with that weird 2002 tie) when Jeter is on the team.
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2. HIS 2001 HOMER
The 2001 All-Star game is remembered as the celebration of Ripken. It's when he hit his famous All-Star homer. That was one of three home runs in the AL's 4-1 win. Another belonged to Jeter, who hit a solo homer in the sixth inning that is overshadowed by the sheer magnitude of Ripken's moment.
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3. ANOTHER 3-FOR-3 GAME IN 2004
It's tough enough to get one 3-for-3 performance in an All-Star game because the lineup shuffles so often. But Jeter actually has two 3-for-3 games. The other came in 2004, when the AL won 9-4 and Alfonso Soriano was named MVP after a three-RBI performance. Jeter also got to hang with Muhammad Ali, which is plenty cool in its own right.
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4. AN ALL-STAR IN THE BRONX
Each year, we look for the All-Star who has home-field advantage and dig into that narrative. In 2008, that was Jeter. It was the final All-Star game at old Yankee Stadium. Jeter started at short and batted second. He didn't have a huge impact on the game, which stretched to 15 innings. But Jeter did get a hit and steal a base in the first inning, giving the Yankee-friendly crowd a fine show early on.
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5. THE FIRST ONE
When you're Jeter and you've been to 13 All-Star games, there's a chance they run together a bit. But we're willing to bet Jeets remembers his first time. It was 1998 and Jeter, then a 24-year-old in his third full season, replaced Alex Rodriguez in the fifth inning. He batted in the sixth and struck out. Maybe not his best performance, but certainly a moment that Jeter will remember as he gracefully leaves the game.
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