Someone bought the Jeffrey Maier glove at an auction, but it definitely was NOT Davey Johnson
If you thought the home run caught by 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier's glove during the 1996 American League Championship Series between the Orioles and Yankees was valuable to Derek Jeter and the Bronx Bombers, consider the amount of money the glove hauled in at a recent auction. An anonymous collector plunked down a cool $22,705 for the glove.
On the off-chance you were wondering, no, that unnamed bidder was not then-O's manager Davey Johnson.
"It cost me money!" he said of the glove. "Why would I pay for it?"
Johnson was in attendance for the Nationals-Tigers game in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday, and he had some fun talking about Maier's big moment. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.
"You need breaks," Johnson said with a smile. "That was a big one for the Yankees. I don't know how I can see it from about 300 feet and [umpire Rich Garcia] is right next to it looking up and couldn't see that. That got me thrown out!"
Johnson heard the news about Maier's glove going up for auction, and though the memorabilia might have been good fireplace fodder for Johnson, he abstained from the auction.
"I don't want to have anything to do with that glove," he said. "Before or now!"