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Jeffrey Maier contemplates replay

Apr 7, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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Jeffrey Maier —  who is, somehow, not still 12-years-old — writes about his experiences since stealing that Derek Jeter hit from Tony Tarasaco’s waiting glove in 1996. And asks himself a question with modern relevance:

The new replay system in baseball makes me stop and think. What if I had the chance to go back in time and apply it to that infamous play? Would I erase this moment from ever happening? The simple answer is no. I wouldn’t change a thing that has happened in my life after robbing that home run.  All life events happen for a reason, and you grow from every experience.

Well, duh. He’s still a Yankees fan.

  1. ricardorobertasq - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Why don’t they ask the ump that made that call if he wishes he could take it back or if replay would change it today?

  2. sdelmonte - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Dear Mr. Maier:

    Your fifteen minutes are up.


  3. hushbrother - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    He also didn’t “rob a home run,” he robbed an out and turned it into a home rum.

  4. wethog66 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Guy becomes a bigger douche with age.

    • pjmitch - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Not sure how you get that from reading the entire article. Perhaps you should look in the mirror.

      not a Yankees fan

      • wethog66 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Don’t need to read the article. More like a general statement on the fact this guys only claim to fame was interfering in a baseball game that had a signficant impact on the outcome.

        And I might need to look in the mirror, but something tells me you do as well, douche.

        An Orioles fan

    • pjmitch - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Of course you don’t need to read the article, you are like 95% of this country and make assumptions and judgments without any knowledge of what you are talking about and you call people names as you are always correct.

      Maybe the kid was a jerk earlier in his life when it came to this issue, but the article (assuming it is accurate) explains how and why he has come to terms with it. Heck, most of us would have done the same thing if we had been in his place at 12. If that makes him a douche bag (and apparently me also) then once again, you are right and you don’t need anymore information than that.

      • wethog66 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        When it comes to this, yes I am like 95% of the country that doesn’t need additional information to express my opinion. Just still a bit bitter that a kid interfered with a baseball game, cost my favorite team an important game in a 7 game series, and he was made a hero for it. I am not unique.

        I don’t wish death on the guy, or harm come to his family, just when I am reminded of Jeff Maier I think “douche”. Not that big a deal, IMO.

  5. davidpatashnik - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    an an orioles fan, he did nothing wrong or was not the cause of the issue. Richie garcia was out of position and chubby guy who shouldn’t be an umpire. if you can’t run out to see than leave the game.

    Truthfully, his impact on the yankees is huge, if you consider the liklihood they would have lost the game. and possibly the series as o’s won game 2 and were headed home for 3. so The modern yankee history was massively impacted by the play. and shows why replay is mandatory.

  6. cmoney4949 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    O’s would have probably won that series with a 2-0 lead going back to OPACY. I will always hate that punk for going on Letterman also.

  7. jpalughi823 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    i say this with sincerity: i hope his house burns down & he’s inside of it

    • pjmitch - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      oh, that is real nice.

  8. clipper222 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Jeffrey deserves to be c-blocked for eternity, for all of his Christmas gifts returned once he’s opened them for eternity, and for all of his birthday candles blown out before he can himself for eternity!

  9. mikhelb - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Most Oriole fans forget one thing: they were playing versus the Yankees in that ALCS in big part due to Roberto Alomar, who spat on the umpire’s face (Hirshbeck) and played when he should have been suspended (appealed saying he didn’t spat the umpire while replays showed clearly that moment).

    So yeah, what a douche Maier was.

    And “a fitting finale for the villanous Alomar” was how a newspaper named the last game where the Orioles lost with a Robbie error… plus if we view the trajectory of the ball and Tarasco’s ill times jump, we can see how Tony was on his way down and the ball was about 1 ft up and 1 ft away from his glove, had Maier not interfered, the most likely scenario is that ball hitting the wall for a double (after that there was a single, so, probably Jeter would have scored, heck today he scored from second with a weak hit to the OF).

    • wethog66 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      That’s right, bring up Robby Alomar spitting in an umps face. That showed us.

      Its not like us O’s fans are going nuts on Jeff Maier like Cubs fans did to Bartman. Whether Tarasco’s trajectory was linked to the pull of the moon or not, Maier was made out to be a hero for interfering in a game and some O’s fans like me simply think of him as a douche.

      Once again, no big deal.

      • beachnbaseball - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        Funny stuff. An Orioles fan calling a 12 year old kid a douche.

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