Jeter: Reaction to hit-by-pitch incident "comical"
Yankees star Derek Jeter called the reaction, and over-reaction, to the hit-by-pitch incident against the Rays on Wednesday "comical" and said he did nothing wrong.
"It's really a big deal being made out of nothing," Jeter said before Friday's game in Baltimore. "I had nothing to do with the call. The umpire called it from the get-go. I didn't do it. I didn't tell myself to go to first base. I didn't make the call. He didn't ask me did it hit you and I said, 'Yeah, it hit me please let me go to first base.' It's comical to me that this is really getting this much attention."
Jeter, who admitted after the game that the ball hit the bat and not his arm, said he felt he had to make it look like he had been hit since that was what umpire Lance Barksdale called. "You don't want it to look like he's completely wrong,'' Jeter said. "If you get hit with a pitch, it usually hurts. My job is to continue to sell it, I guess. You don't want him to reverse the call."