The 2014 Midsummer Classic proved to be a rough night for the St. Louis Cardinals as pitchers Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshek were charged with all five runs in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the National League.
The final score paled in comparison to the firestorm created on social media when Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted the following Wainwright comment about Derek Jeter’s lead-off double…
Waino: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 16, 2014
A few innings later, Wainwright was interviewed during the television broadcast by Fox’s Erin Andrews about the comments…
“Sometimes my humor goes–gets taken the wrong way,” began Wainwright. “I feel terrible about this. If anyone’s taking any credit away from what Derek Jeter has done tonight–I mean, it was mis-said. I made a mistake by that. I hope people realize I’m not intentionally giving hits up out there. I know this game means something. I’m guessing people think I’m trying to give up home runs to Miguel Cabrera too.
“I’m very competitive. I think I said yesterday that I didn’t want Derek Jeter to get a hit. I think I said it today, even, before I pitched so I don’t know. It’s a distraction and I do not want to be a distraction. I wanted it to be all for Derek. If anything is taking away from his moment then I sincerely apologize. At no point in my career have I gone out and intentionally given up hits.”
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