Derek Jeter Hit by Pitch

Derek Jeter is now adding “acting” to his myriad of talents. The New York Yankees star put on a performance worthy of an Oscar during last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays defeated the Yankees 4-3 and now lead the A.L East.

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn’t get to see the victory from the dugout, however, as he was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing about that Derek Jeter was not hit by a pitch, contrary to Jeter’s theatrics.

With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Rays pitcher Chad Qualls seemed to nail Jeter in the left elbow.  The Yankee shortstop shouted out, grabbed his elbow, and grimaced in pain.

The instant replay, however, showed that the pitch clearly hit the end of Jeter’s bat, not his elbow.

Maddon went out to argue the point and got tossed by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale.

Jeter later admitted that the pitch hit his bat.

“He told me to go to first base. I’m not going to tell him I’m not going to first, you know,” Jeter said.

What do you think of Derek Jeter’s actions?  Was it a ballsy move on Jeter’s part or just a cop out?  You can see the video below for more.