Grooved All-Star pitch is nothing new

Adam Wainwright admitted to giving Derek Jeter "a couple of pipe shots" during the All-Star Game. Elsa/Getty Images

Adam Wainwright is earnest and honest and yes, he probably revealed a little more than he intended to about that pitch that he threw to Derek Jeter. But let’s put this into context. The tradition of pitchers working to provide a moment for a hitter goes back way beyond the first time the All-Star Game was played, and Wainwright is only different because he acknowledged what everybody already knew, when viewers could react in real time on social media.