NY Yankee Derek Jeter—Cheater or Oscar Nominee?

Mr. Sportsmanship fools the umps
By Steve Vivian,  Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2010 9:24 PM CDT Posted Sep 16, 2010 9:24 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Sep 16, 2010 9:49 PM CDT

He's a shoe-in for baseball's Hall of Fame, he's this years' reigning Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and his Yankees are battling to stay atop the American League East standings. On Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter admittedly feigned an injury from a pitch that ricocheted off the end of his bat and was awarded first base for being hit by a pitch, which he was not.

Minutes later he crossed home plate off a Curtis Granderson home run, giving the Yanks a short-lived lead. The Rays eventually won 4-3 and moved into first place alone following the game. Baseball insiders have mostly yawned or applauded Jeter and indicated it's just part of the game. While the controversy continues, people generally do seem to agree on one thing—it certainly was good acting. For more details and acting reviews, see the Tampa Tribune, New York Times, and USA Today. For previous Jeter coverage, click here.
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