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Buck Showalter wants to give Derek Jeter a picture of the Jeffrey Maier home run as a retirement gift

Aug 12, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

Maier home run

Anyone can give Derek Jeter cowboy boots, rocking chairs or the like for his retirement gift. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a more personalized idea for the Captain. A picture of “the homer run,” referring to the Jeffrey Maier home run in the 1996 ALCS:

“I would give him a big picture of the home run,” Showalter told reportersMonday 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.”

I suppose that quip will make some Orioles fans happy. I suppose Jeter giving Showalter replicas of the five World Series rings he won since Showalter was fired as Yankees manager would make Jeter happy.

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  1. rathipon - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    And to think, if it took Bud Selig less than 20 years to accomplish anything, the Jeffrey Maier home run would be the slightest of historical footnotes. That said, MLB’s emphasis on getting it right has diminished the game from a pure fan enjoyment perspective. We don’t get to argue about this kind of crap anymore. For every missed call there was one fan base that was infuriated and another which was laughing it up. Now we’re all just sort of bored while they dial up Umpire Central in NYC.

    As for Buck, he might not be a very pleasant guy but he’s awfully entertaining and often pretty hysterical. After months of wall to wall 24/7 Derek Jeter worship it’s refreshing to see someone piss on his parade. And I’m a huge Jeter fan.

  2. miedwards - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Still the worst call ever. And the fact the Richie Garcia still insists he got the call right is laughable.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    This “home run” was just the tip of the iceberg. I’d love for someone to go back and do a “pitch fx” thing to see every pitch of all the yankees postseasons of that era. It was astonishing how they got EVERY borderline strike/ball call for years. Not to mention the hilarious at bat where Tino Martinez hit a grand slam after clearly striking out. The dreadful calls ripping off the twins and A’s etc.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Another whiner, how original. Yawn.

      Yes, Phil Cuzzi totally ripped off Mauer. Atrocious call with no way of knowing how that double affects the game and the series. A complete look at his record will show he’s just an awful umpire, however, and he’s blown calls against the Yankees just as much as he’s blown calls for them.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Ah yes the ol “but the yankees got ripped off too” defense

      • Kevin S. - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        S****y calls happen. I will one-hundred percent agree that the Twins got hosed on that play and it put a big dent in their chances that series. But Phil Cuzzi’s history is one of incompetence, not bias. Claiming otherwise reveals your own ignorance.

  4. stevem7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Buck is one very bitter old man. Apparently his years of riding the pine have given him an incurable case of hemorrhoids for which there isn’t enough Prep H. Sadly, there is a reason why Joe Torre is a Hall of Fame manager and Buck will always need to buy a ticket to get into the Hall. Just a low class individual who does not reflect well on MLB to be sure.

  5. insley29 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Showalter can manage a team with the best of them but stick a microphone in his face and he becomes an idiot.

  6. ihps247 - Oct 6, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Sole reason why I say GOOD RIDDANCE to Jeter.

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