Despite recently spending 17 days on the disabled list, missing a number of games in the process, Derek Jeter is maintaining that he is sitting out of the 2011 MLB All-Star game due to "emotional and physical exhaustion."
Players have conflicting opinions on Jeter's decision not to play in the game, which is not surprising. San Fransisco Giants closer Brian Wilson seems to be of the opinion that if you're selected and you're not injured, you should play. Said Wilson:
"I don't know if (it's an) obligation, but it's one of your duties as a player, out of respect, knowing that there was a guy that really wanted to be on the All-Star team, and his stats were right there, and he would have loved the chance to be here."
Everyone will be absolutely shocked to learn that Jeter's teammate, New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin, disagrees with Wilson's opinion of whether or not players like Jeter should tough it out and take the field for the All-Star Game.
"He just got 3,000. Leave him alone, man. Seriously. He's coming off the DL. He played a bunch of games. He deserves a little rest (to) get his body right. I think everybody should respect that."
Classifying six games as "a bunch" in a league with a 162 game season is a bit of a stretch, but Martin's point, which was "leave him alone, man," still seems like a valid one nonetheless.