Rest easy, O's fans: Jeffrey Maier will not be at Yankee Stadium this ALDS
The Orioles are in the postseason for the first time in 15 years, but their opponent evokes memories of the 1996 ALCS. For Baltimore, that means some not-very good memories -- especially when it comes to the Jeffrey Maier incident.
In Game 1 of that matchup, then-rookie Derek Jeter hit a long fly ball to right field. O's outfielder Tony Tarasco looked ready to catch it on the warning track, until Maier stepped in. The then-12-year-old reached over the wall and deflected the ball into the stands, but right-field umpire Richie Garcia called it a home run. The blast tied the score and the Yankees would go on to win the game and the series, four games to one.
So should Orioles fans be concerned about a redux of the NightMaier? Not according to the man himself. Maier, who is now 28 and living in New Hampshire, says he plans to watch the series "sitting in my living room over the fireplace on a Samsung."
What about the other key figure in the incident who's still with the Yanks? Asked about it recently, Jeter said "I didn't see it" and "they couldn't overrule it."
He's 100% correct -- that was true at the time. Thanks to the instant replay provisions MLB established in 2008, any future Maier-like calls will be reviewable, and overturnable.
-- Dan Wohl / MLB.com