St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is facing a lot criticism today after comments he made about the pitches he threw to Derek Jeter during the first inning of last night’s MLB All-Star Game, and in my opinion, everyone needs to just relax about the whole situation. In an interview with around a dozen or so reporters, Wainwright made a joke, saying that he threw Jeter, what he called, a “pipe shot.”
“I didn’t know he was going to hit a double or else I would have changed my mind on that,” Wainwright said, smiling. “I thought he was going to hit something hard to right for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”
After Adam Wainwright’s comments hit social media, Twitter was abuzz with people saying that he was disrespecting Derek Jeter. Others criticized Wainwright for not taking the All-Star Game seriously enough, especially since it now determines which league gets home field advantage during the World Series and the Cardinals have a very good shot at making it there this season.
“Listen, I totally created something here that I did not want to create,” Wainwright said. “In light of me giving up three runs, I wanted to come out there and pout, but I didn’t do that. I was trying to give the hitters credit at making good swings. Sometimes I just get a little carried away. I always try to be fair to the media. I never give one word answers. I try to really go into in-depth things. Sometimes I get carried away talking in two different fronts instead of just answering the question.”
“There are times where I’ve misspoken, and this is not going to be the last time,” he continued. “When I said ‘down the pipe,’ I should have said I tried to execute a strike. I didn’t say that, so I’m probably going to take some heat. I just hope it doesn’t take away from Derek’s moment. I really do. If this comes back in a negative way at all, I really regret saying that stupid thing. If I’m going to get taken to the slaughterhouse for saying a stupid phrase, then I deserve it.”
In my opinion, Adam Wainwright tried to make a joke that didn’t come across well, he realized that this was the case and did not want it to take away from Derek Jeter’s night, and he apologized for causing any issues. It’s a pretty open and shut case in my opinion, and everyone just needs to let it go and focus on all the positives of last night’s game instead of blowing up this non-controversy into something it doesn’t need to be.
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