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Derek Jeter admits he was acting in Yankees' loss to Rays

And the Elaine Benes award for faking it goes to ... Derek Jeter, who, it turns out, is quite the little actor.

jeterfake.jpgHe pretended to be hit by a pitch in the New York Yankees' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. An argument ensued by Rays critics who felt he was chewing the scenery, he pointed to the boo-boo, the Yankees' excellent supporting cast of medics backed him up, he went to first, there was an ejection, yadayadayada, the Yankees' 4-3 loss put them a half-game back of Tampa Bay.

"There was some vibration," Jeter said later. "And acting. My job is to get on base."

There was vibration, all right, on the knob of Jeter's bat. If A-Rod had done it servers everywhere would crash -- but it's not like Jeter injected steroids at first base. Besides, it happens in soccer all the time.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 16, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
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First time the Post has used the word Chump in a poll?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

It is the first time! It made me happy. Thanks for noticing.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | September 16, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Jeter's move is in the same catagory as the hidden ball trick, the fake throw from the out field and sign stealing. It is part of the game. That said, faking HBP does not happen as often as Soccer (Refs routinely ignore the folderall and give a yellow card for Really Bad Action/Diving on ocaasion). If the Ump had not bought Jeter could have been tossed.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | September 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

And, if you're an NFL player who doesn't get called for a hold at a crucial moment in a game, you're not going to raise your hand and say, "hey, I held."

Posted by: Cindy Boren | September 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

You are better than this, Cindy. You do what you have to do to help your team win. That is the players job. It is the umpires job to call foul. It ain't a hard concept. This is just pc crap running amok.

Posted by: mjwies11 | September 16, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

There is a difference between accepting the umpire's wrong call and play acting.

And there is no analogy to the hidden ball trick, fake throws, etc., whose intent is to deceive the opposition, not the umpire.

It is why sports fans hate athletes who take dives.

Whether or not you blame Jeter, this incident will be one more element in the call for more instant replay. On TV, the replay was absolutely conclusive that the ball hit the knob of the bat.

Posted by: Meridian1 | September 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The true nature (and hypocrisy) of the Yankees is now on display for all to see.

Not very pretty, is it.

Posted by: 809212876 | September 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It was gamesmanship pure and simple. Anyone that sees it differently than that has never played the game or any game for that matter. Every game has its nuances, Jeter's move was an experienced play by an experienced player. I have to laugh at anybody that says "what do we tell our children?" Tell them to pick up a bat and a glove and learn how to play the game.

Posted by: AsstGM | September 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's baseball...

People do it all the time you swipe tag knowing full well you missed the guy and show the ump.

You trap balls and show the ump

Doesn't mean next time when a umpire won't call a beanball against Jeter for revenge. Baseball has a way of evening these things out.

Posted by: khornbeak | September 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Forget the right or wrong of it - ump was at at fault for being fooled. I am sure next time he sees Jeter he will remember.

Posted by: kelly123 | September 16, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Athletes and the likes of Lady Gaga are all pretty much similar. I sure don't want any kids growing up to be like these over paid social misfits. No class left in these folks.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | September 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

the true nature (and hypocrisy) of the Yankees is now on display for all to see.
Not very pretty, is it.
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LOL - I can tell you never watch sports, do you? In the last week or so, Jeter fielded a ground ball and tossed to Texeira. The runner was clearly out by two steps. Ump called him safe. Horrible call. I didn't see the runner step forth and say, oppsies - I was out. He planted his keister on first and nary a word came out of his mouth.

The ump missed the call - as did the others. Jeter took advantage of the situation just as ANY other player would've, had he thought quickly enough.

Overall the umps are pretty good. Occasionally they don't see something and err. But for the most part, it evens out.

Posted by: mooncusser | September 16, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

What exactly does Cindy Boren do for a living? They pay her for this?

Posted by: nativedc | September 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Jeter's a diver in the fine mold of FIFA soccer players, basketball stars like Vlade Divac, and hockey divers like Sid Crosby.

Lots of talent with cheap theatrics.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | September 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Vlade Jeter...who knew?

Now, if a fireball comes roaring at his head after this, is THAT wrong?

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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