14 April 2006

Jeffrey Maier, Remember Him?


Does the name sound familiar? It might. Ten years ago, when the Yankees met the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of the American League Championship Series, Maier was the 12-year-old boy who reached over the right-field wall for Derek Jeter's fly ball in the Bronx.

Maier deflected it into the seats for what was ruled a game-tying, eighth-inning home run, a controversial and memorable moment that helped propel the Yankees to the first of four World Series championships in a five-year span.

Now, Maier is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound, 22-year-old Wesleyan senior who plays at third base and in the outfield. His double was his 169th career hit, a Wesleyan record. He hit another double later in the game and has 170 hits going into Friday's game at Hamilton. He has his eye on professional baseball, although his chances of reaching the major leagues as a player are slim. But he also aspires to be a general manager for a major league team, perhaps a more realistic possibility in a business that is increasingly turning toward youth in the front office.

Link to full story at NY TIMES

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