It seems fitting that Derek Jeter, in the final season of his 20-year Major League Baseball career, will be voted a starter in the upcoming 2014 All-Star game. The appearance will be his 14th, including six straight from 2006 to 2012.
Of all of Jeter's accomplishments—his American League Rookie of the Year award, his five World Series championships, his World Series MVP—his 14 All-Star appearances might be the most impressive. In honor of Jeter's final performance in the summer classic, we look back at some of his best All-Star moments.
Stadium: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Just three years into his illustrious career, Jeter became a first-time All-Star. Though he struck out in the sixth inning during his only at-bat, his appearance in the 1998 All-Star Game was the first of a run of five straight for "The Captain."
Stadium: Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia
In his first All-Star game as a starter, Jeter made the most of it, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs as he propelled the American League to a 6-3 victory. He doubled in his first at-bat against the mighty Randy Johnson, then singled his next two times up. He was named the All-Star game MVP.
Stadium: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jeter replaced teammate Alex Rodriguez in the lineup and promptly blasted a home run to lead off the inning. It gave the American League a little breathing room, boosting its lead to 3-1. Magglio Ordonez followed with another jack, and the A.L. won the game 4-1.
Stadium: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In one of the most infamous All-Star games in history, Jeter participated in an 11-inning affair that ended in a 7-7 tie. Both teams used all of their pitchers, so commissioner Bud Selig decided to call the game. Jeter received one at-bat, striking out in the top of the third inning.
Stadium: Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Jeter was voted as a starter in the his home stadium in 2008, singling and stealing second in the bottom of the fifth inning. In 15 innings, Jeter's American League won 4-3.
Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
In his final All-Star game, Jeter will start at shortstop in Minnesota, wearing his All-Star Yankees jersey and custom New Era fitted cap for the last time. How he will perform is yet to be seen, but if it's anything like Cal Ripken Jr.'s farewell, we are in for a treat.
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