MINNEAPOLIS -- It was as good as you're going to get from the reluctant hero.
Derek Jeter had two hits – that's about as good as anyone could expect in the Yankees icon's last All-Star Game.
He led the game off with a double in the first inning off St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
However, Wainwright had an explanation for Jeter's double.
"I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots," Wainwright told reporters after his outing. "He deserved it. I didn't know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind."
And Jeter left the game in the fourth inning without an over-the-top celebration of his career that would have been – well, simply out of character.
The American League stars took the field to start the fourth inning. Then Alexei Ramirez trotted onto the field to replace Jeter.
The expected ovation was lengthy despite Jeter's attempt to keep it as simple as possible.
"I didn't know what was going to happen," Jeter told Tim Kurkjian on ESPN radio. "I heard Robbie (Cano) yelling at me and I looked and then I saw Alexei (Ramirez) coming out.
"It's an awesome feeling. I've been playing this game for a long time and to be appreciated by fans from all the teams and the players on my team and against me makes me feel good."
Jeter jogged off the field to the strains of Frank Sinatra's, "New York, New York ," finally stopping in front of the dugout to tip his cap several times.
The National Leaguers came out of their dugout. The American Leaguers waited inside theirs – and Jeter walked through getting individual hugs and congratulations one by one.
"It was great," Jeter said. "I have the utmost respect for these guys. I know how difficult this game is. The guys in here and in the opposing dugout they are among the best in the world to do it. To get that appreciation from them was a lot of fun."
Finally, his teammates pushed him back out for one last – and, yes, brief, curtain call.
The sellout crowd continued its ovation with only a brief chuckle when Commissioner Bud Selig was shown on the scoreboard with his hands at his sides – until he realized he was on camera and began applauding.
It was vintage Derek Jeter.
Dignified and not excessive, respectful and classy.
GALLERY: JETER'S CURTAIN CALL