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Monday, April 07, 2014

Jeffrey Maier: How Catching a Derek Jeter ‘Home Run’ Changed My Life Forever

NOTE: Insert GIF of Jeffrey Maier, 2.0 dude.

As I write this, Derek Jeter is about to embark on his 18th season in the big leagues.  He has won five world championships, amassed over 3,300 hits and has created a legacy that all young players strive towards.  In addition, his attention to raising money and awareness through his Turn2 Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of children.

While the shortstop position will be filled and someone new will stand between second and third base next year, there will remain an irreplaceable gap in the locker room, in the fan base and in the community on a day-to-day basis.

I wish Derek all the best in the pursuit of his passions and interests in his life after playing baseball, and thank him for his contributions to the greater baseball community both on and off the field.

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.

There have been ups and down along the way, but that day in 1996 helped shape who I am today—so I will never look back on it with any regrets.

Repoz Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:28 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:43 AM (#4680741)
I remember watching Jeffrey Maier's catch on television, in my home. I have seen thousands of catches since then, mostly by players, and yet that is one catch that I do remember in large part because it happened.

Am I a different person now than I was in 1996? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, I am. After that catch, everything changed. Mostly in small increments. And having nothing to do with that play. And a few things did not change. But let's not dwell on any of that. As I write this, I do not wish to stop writing this.

Do I regret the way things turned out? Let's just say I don't not un-regret the way things didn't turn out. But not as much as Tony Tarasco. That dude was piiiiiissed.

Anyway, thank you, Derek Jeter. I feel that we are forever connected, from your bat to Maier's glove to Fox's cameras to my eyeballs to my writing hand to whatever imbecile is publishing this. Thank you, Derek, for letting us take the true measure of clutchness, which as it turns out, is precisely 313 feet, 11 inches. And thank you, Jeffrey Maier, for teaching us all that one can peak, both in life and in philosophical depth, at the age of eleven.
   2. JE (Jason) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 07:35 AM (#4680749)
I had forgotten that Rich Garcia was also the ump behind the plate for the infamous Langston-Martinez plate appearance during the 1998 World Series. Never mind Maier, how come the Yankees haven't yet honored him in Monument Park?
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 07, 2014 at 07:42 AM (#4680753)
How many people here are the all-time hit leader for their college baseball team?
   4. GregD Posted: April 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4680814)
I remember watching Jeffrey Maier's catch on television, in my home. I have seen thousands of catches since then, mostly by players, and yet that is one catch that I do remember in large part because it happened.

Am I a different person now than I was in 1996? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, I am. After that catch, everything changed. Mostly in small increments. And having nothing to do with that play. And a few things did not change. But let's not dwell on any of that. As I write this, I do not wish to stop writing this.
awesome
   5. AROM Posted: April 07, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4680897)
How many people here are the all-time hit leader for their college baseball team?


I thought he played a bit professionally, but turns out he's not in bbref minors. There was some speculation that he would be drafted, just didn't happen. He was better at baseball than at least 99% of people who try to play. Just not better than the 99.9999%.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4680903)
He was better at baseball than at least 99% of people who try to play. Just not better than the 99.9999%.

And you can probably find more broken hearts in that gap between 99% and 99.9999% than in any similar percentage point along the spectrum.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4680999)
I thought Maier didn't catch the ball.
   8. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4681039)
no that was Alou who didn't catch the ball.....

sorry, cubs fans... couldnt resist to bring it back to bartman.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4681117)
Mailer has had more than his share of hardship, FTFA:
I am married now, with two kids of my own, and live deep in the heart of Red Sox nation. My wife is a Red Sox fan, as is her entire family.

He deserves our sympathy.
   10. bunyon Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4681257)
So, if replay had been adopted in 1995, who does Jeter end his career with?

I say the Cardinals.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4681285)
Hanshin Tigers. I can see him making hilarious Japansese commercials and being a star.
   12. Swedish Chef Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:24 PM (#4681296)
My life has never been the same since that butterfly in China flapped its wings.

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