Buck Showalter's thoughts on what to get Derek Jeter for retirement
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.
Also on Extra Mustard: Elderly Cubs fan makes great grab on HR ball
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.