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Derek Jeter's MLB All-Star farewell is perfect: No rules, just right
Derek Jeter's MLB All-Star farewell is perfect: No rules, just right

As Derek Sanderson Jeter graced his final All-Star game, what made the moment special was what it was not. Not contrived. Not manufactured. Not choreographed by a video board operator with his button on the oversized clapping hands, or by event planners with a budget fit for a royal wedding. There will be time for all of that. The New York Yankees will make sure of it. Bless the Minnesota Twins for not intruding on the moment with a gaudy ceremony. This was an understated evening — at Target Field, if not on television — the chance for the players to say farewell to the retiring Jeter in their own way. "That was much better," Jeter said, "than if there...

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