Last night was Derek Jeter’s final all-star game and MLB will not let anyone lose sight of that. It has been all Derek Jeter all the time. We get it: he’s retiring.
Naturally, there was a nice tribute for Jeter during last night’s Mid-Summer Classic, but what was noticeably absent was any mention whatsoever of Tony Gwynn.
Gwynn’s passing was so recent that you would’ve thought some reference was in order. There were ways for MLB to make the night about Jeter while still paying respect of Tony Gwynn. Don Zimmer too, if they wanted to.
Per Darren Rovell on Twitter, here’s MLB’s response to the overwhelming criticism of Gwynn-less all-star game:
MLB on Gwynn: “The Baseball family has sadly lost a # of people this year & did not want to slight anyone by singling out 1 individual.”
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 16, 2014
That simply is not a good enough excuse. Especially since Ted Williams was (deservingly) singled-out during the 2002 all-star game.