As a retirement gift, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the team should present Derek Jeter with a large photograph of the home run he hit with the help of a fan during the 1996 AL Championship Series against the Orioles.
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Jeter has been receiving all sorts of gifts as he makes his way through visiting ballparks for the last time, and the O's skipper thinks it would be a fitting tribute to the rivalry between the two AL East teams, according to the Washington Post's Scott Allen.
“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.”
The child who grabbed the ball, Jeffery Maier, became a hero in New York and is likely still unwelcome anywhere in Maryland to this day.