Such an idea might be called small-minded or petty by some, but Buck Showalter further endeared himself to Baltimore Orioles fans by his suggestion for a retirement gift for New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter: A photo of the infamous "home run" Jeter hit against the Orioles in the 1996 playoffs that came with an assist by 12-year-old fan Jeffrey Maier.
It's the perfect link between the Orioles and Jeter, and it would be the right way to go if Baltimore is to give him something unique to its organization, like other teams are doing in Jeter's farewell season.
As reported in the Washington Post:
“I would give him a big picture of the home run,” Showalter told reporters Monday before Baltimore’s 11-3 win over the Yankees. “Well, it wasn’t a home run. We know that. That’s what I’d give him. A big picture and have the whole Baltimore Orioles team sign it. That’s a good idea. That’s cheap, too, right? Make it in bronze or something. Not that we remember that at all.”
Oh, no, not at all.
It's too bad that old Yankee Stadium isn't there anymore; the Orioles could get Maier, outfielder Tony Tarasco, umpire Rich Garcia and pitcher Armando Benitez back and re-enact the moment, only with a twist: Have Davey Johnson come out, put on the replay review headphones, and ask officials to reverse the call — as they would have done in 1996, had MLB had replay. In that way, Jeter could give back something that, perhaps, never should have been his.
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