Derek Jeter has had many requests during his All-Star career with the New York Yankees. On Friday night in Milwaukee, Jeter got a request he has probably been asked for many times, a hug from a fan. Not such an odd question for a star of Jeter's stature. The problem was, that it during the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers inter-league contest and Jeter was on the field.
A Male fan ran onto the field during the sixth inning of the game at Miller Park and approached the Yankee shortstop. "He said he wanted a hug," Jeter said. The fan who was wearing a white headband and a Ryan Braun Brewers jersey, told Jeter he just wanted a hug. "I was thinking I wasn't going to hug him. That was pretty much it." Baseball fans haven't seen this type of behavior since Morgana ran on the field kissing the likes of Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, Steve Garvey and Cal Ripken Jr.
"I told him, "You're going to get in trouble," Jeter said. "And then he repeated that he wanted a hug, and I said, 'Look out'." Two Miller Park security guards tackled the misguided fan and slammed him to the ground as Jeter looked on. "I sort of stepped back because I saw them going to get him; they got out there quick," Jeter said. Jeter was surprised by the altercation but said at no time was he scared by the fan. "If you saw his face, it wasn't like he was coming out there angry. So no it wasn't scary."
Jeter wasn't scared, but Yankee skipper Joe Girardi definitely felt his heart beat a little harder as he watched from the dugout. "I was like 'Derek move'," Girardi said. "Derek just kind of stood there. Obviously he didn't feel threatened, but it's not what you want because you never know what people are up to. It happens and it's an unfortunate part of the game, but I thought the Brewers handled it well and got him out quickly."
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