Adam Wainwright: “I didn’t want Derek Jeter to get a hit”
Adam Wainwright did an in-game interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews after the eighth inning about his controversial comment that he grooved a pitch to Derek Jeter in the veteran shortstop’s first at-bat of Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.
Here’s the dialogue ...
[Video of the first-inning at-bat plays]
Andrews: “Adam is watching this video with me right now going ‘Come on -- 94 mph, 87 mph, that’s ridiculous.’ The comments you made to the reporters after you pitched ... what was that all about?”
Wainwright: “Sometimes my humor goes ... uh ... gets taken the wrong way. 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.”
Andrews: “Well we appreciate you clearing that up. Don’t you love social media?”
Wainwright: “No. I don’t love social media.”
Did Adam Wainwright take away from Derek Jeter?