Most baseball fans, especially those who don't root for the New York Yankees, are probably happy that Derek Jeter is not attending Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Arizona Tuesday night.
Jeter is an exceptional player — maybe, one of the top four Yankees of all-time — but fans of the other 29 teams should be breathing a sigh of relief that the Yankees shortstop won't be involved in the ASG festivities. Yes, baseball's brass has expressed disappointment in Jeets, and the excuse No. 2 used sounds pretty damn lame: "mental and physical exhuastion." Undoubtedly, Yankees fans would love to see him in the desert too.
But the media has been in love with Jeter for over a decade. He has deserved most of it — and he deserved it this weekend when he took a David Price pitch out of Yankee Stadium to become the first Pinstriper to reach 3,000 hits. But most fans don't want the mid-summer classic to turn into a Jeter love fest — which would most certainly happen.
So, as much as it would be nice to see The Captain tip his cap to the baseball world, I would rather talk about Roy Halladay and Jared Weaver. Or Jose Bautista's quest to become the seventh player to hit 50 home runs in back-to-back seasons. Or perhaps the fact that Andrew McCutchen has the Pirates ahead of the Reds in the NL Central. Let's give Asdrubal Cabrera — the rightful starting AL shortstop — some love for having the Indians 0.5 games back of first place.
While the term "All-Star" has clearly lost its prestige since no one actually wants to play in the game (see the starting 3B for the National League), the game itself should still be an amazing event for the true baseball fan.
I, for one, am glad I won't be inundated with Derek Jeter talk.
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden)