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Maryland state troopers in Yankees dugout asked Jeter and Swisher for autographs during game

Oct 8, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT


OK, this is a weird one.

George King of the New York Post reports that two Maryland state troopers assigned to the Yankees dugout for Game 1 of the ALDS last night asked Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autographs … during the game.

In the ninth inning, to be exact, although it’s unclear if the request was made before, after, or during the Yankees’ five-run outburst.

Jeter was asked afterward if he’d ever experienced something like that before and replied: “What do you think?”

And according to King’s unnamed source Swisher “was livid” about the whole thing. Pretty safe to assume they won’t be in the dugout for Game 2 tonight, although hopefully they’ll at least take the George Costanza “was that wrong?” route just in case.

Between state troopers asking him for autographs and missing Russell Martin‘s homer because he was in the bathroom, Jeter had an interesting night at Camden Yards.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Very unprofessional on the state troopers’ part. I expect a reassignment.

  2. raysfan1 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Lame. The troopers’ job is to provide added security, not to be a distraction or to use their position to be fan boys.

  3. Jeremy T - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Yet another (kind of funny) example of the Orioles not being used to this whole playoffs thing. Although, it’s not like the Yankees don’t go to Baltimore in the regular season. Do they have extra security for the postseason or something?

    • pbastille - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      The Maryland State Police play for the Orioles? How does the unprofessionalism of two state employees reflect on the inexperience of the Orioles? Particularly since the guys pulling the baseball assignments are likely the same guys who pull the football assignments, where the Ravens make the playoffs every year. They’re just boneheads. Probably would be boneheads in NY, Boston, Tampa, or Des Moines…

  4. willclarkgameface - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Who do these guys think they are, hot chicks that Derek Jeter just hooked up with but wanted to get out of his apartment before they were even able to say, “when can i see you again”?

  5. Brian Donohue - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    See, if these 2 guys were truly union men, they would have spent some time last year at their home town’s Zucotti Park (since they didn’t have much to do most of last October), and then they’d know what to do — same thing all Occupiers are taught to do: get badge numbers and call the NLG number written on their gloves.

  6. mspauto - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    They should be reassigned to Oakland, MD.

  7. chill1184 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Incompetence by government thugs? Quick someone call the presses! /sarcasm

  8. crabcakesfootball - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Come on, how is this a big deal? They probably provide the same protection as the guys who walk a football coach to the midde of the field (one of the biggest jokes in sports- especially when they travel with the team).

    If they missed some assasin in the process of the autograph is one thing, but this is a case of people trying to look high and mighty when all these guys wanted was a signature. How long did it take- 10 seconds. More than enough for the Yankee players to thank the guys protecting them,

    But this is the internet, so I guess “THEY SHOULD BE FIRED SO I CAN FEEL BETTER ABOUT HOW BAD I AM AT MY JOB”

  9. darthicarus - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    So, did they get the autographs or not?

  10. cavemanna - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Not a big deal IMO. All they had to say is sure, after the game.

  11. cavemanna - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    This is news?

  12. jeffperk - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Wow, MSP @ Oriole Park for Security, I thought MSP got lost in Baltimore City, unless they are running errands for O’Malley. O wait, maybe that’s what they were doing, working for O’Malley. Seriously, they aren’t @ M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens games & the place is sold out, there are 71,000 people there for every home game, BCP handle it just fine. Why would they need to bring them in for 47,000 fans @ OPACY? Doesn’t sound right, just sayin.

  13. ndnut - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Timing is curious, but it isn’t really that big of a deal, is it?

  14. papichulo55 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The Troopers are there for a reason. Threats from some gambler tryin to improve his odds? Nut job in the stands? ARod, in particular, was very jittery in the batters box. He flinched at several non-baseball things last night. Like he wasnt totally zoned in. Again, the Troopers are there for a reason, and Jeter is fully within his rights to exprect them to do their job.

  15. phalatek6 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Swisher was probably only livid that they didn’t ask him earlier in the game.

  16. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Schmidt was not lying last week. Swisher’s signature looks Arabic and Jeter’s looks like a landscape drawn by a 3 year old.

  17. crnvic847 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I’m shocked they even asked Swisher in the first place. Cano, C.C., Ichiro? Sure I can see that, but Swisher? Come on!

  18. Neftali Ramos - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I seriously don’t see what the big deal is.

  19. stabonerichard - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Not appropriate in terms of professionalism & timing, but among the types of misuse of authority that occur in the police force, this aint a big deal at all.

    On the player side of things, Swish was understandably annoyed by an autograph request during a freaking playoff game, and being the eccentric spaz that he is probably made a big stink. Jeter being Jeter, he’s not gonna be that easily flappable and probably brushed it off with a terse “Not now, guys” on his way to taking a leak.

    But dugout duty during postseason baseball has to be on the short list of most radass assignments for a cop, and these two likely ruined the best thing they had going for them.

  20. xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I guess I’m in the camp with the posters here who feel this may not be a major issue. Yeah, maybe it lacks some professionalism and they may have been better to wait until the game was over, but Swisher was livid? Give me a break. Yo Swish, tell the cop you’ll sign as soon as the game is over and move on. And Jeter, come on man, don’t pretend you’ve never asked some clubhouse boy or usher to grab a hot girls info while the game was going on. Christ, you make Pat Burrell look like a choir boy…..

  21. yousuxxors - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    they should of ask before the game. swish… should of went for cano cc first. i doubt jeter needs ball boys to get bitchss numbers

  22. Tim's Neighbor - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    It lacks a ton of professionalism. The players are at work. They get heckled on the field. The dugout is their area and the officers interfered. When you work at a ballpark in that manner, be seen, not heard.

  23. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Officers shouldn’t have done it but its not a huge ordeal. Swisher was livid? You should be happy anyone is asking for your autograph. By the way, both those guys have probably been in situations a lot more stressful than a baseball game.

  24. atfinch1984 - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Nick Swisher sucks. There are way better players from whom to get an autograph. The cops should be spanked just for bothering with Swisher.

  25. pellypell - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    One the troopers overhead saying “we’ve got ourselves a ball game meow”

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