Orioles skipper Buck Showalter has snarky idea for a retirement gift for Derek Jeter
Even though Derek Jeter’s final game at Camden Yards isn’t until September, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter already is pondering what the team should give the retiring New York Yankees legend when the inevitable retirement ceremony does occur.
Of course, Jeter has been showered with gifts of every kind, style and sentiment (see here for an incomplete primer), so to come up with a unique, novel and original gift can be a challenging thing.
Showalter recognizes this and that’s why he is thinking way, way outside of the box.
Not only that, the wily skipper is bringing on the snark as he contemplates an apropos gift to give Jeter for his sendoff into the sunset.
“I would give him a big picture of the home run,” Showalter told reporters on Monday. “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.”
Showalter is making reference to the infamous “homer” Jeter hit in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series against the Orioles.
The home run in question was aided by a clear case of fan interference — the incident now ignominiously referred to as the “Jeffery Maier Incident,” named after the then-12-year-old fan who caused all the controversy with his attempt at catching the ball. Richie Garcia, the umpire manning right field in the game, didn’t see it that way, despite Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco’s demonstrative protestations. Garcia ruled it a round-tripper, albeit one charged with controversy. Orioles players and then-manager Davey Johnson storming the right field fence to protest.
The Yankees went on to win Game 1 5-4 in 11 innings, the series in five games on the way to a World Series title.
The interesting part of the story is the controversial Yankees play occurred one year after Showalter was let go by the Bronx Bombers, so perhaps there’s a little long-held bitterness involved in it.
A pretty snarky gift idea, to be sure. But hey, at least Old Buck was trying to be thoughtful by suggesting the photo be bronzed. That’s nice.
[H/T School of Roch via D.C. Sports Bog]