Showalter was Jeter’s first manager in New York. And Showalter said all the right things -- things he has said for years -- about how Jeter does everything the right way and knows how to treat people.
But Showalter also had a hilarious aside that I’m sure will make some Orioles fans chuckle.
Each team is giving Jeter a going-away present; last year, the Orioles gave retiring closer Mariano Rivera a sculpted broken bat. So what should the Orioles give Jeter?
Well, Showalter thinks it should be a photo of the home run that Jeter hit in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series against the Orioles -- the one that 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall to deflect into a game-tying homer.
Here’s what Showalter had to say:
“We are all excited here [Jeter] is retiring, OK, for a lot of reasons. We were talking about what you give him as a gift. I would give him that big picture of the home run -- well, it wasn’t a home run, we know that -- that’s what I’d give him.
"A big picture [of the Jeffrey Maier ball] and have the whole Baltimore Oriole team sign it. That’s a good idea and it’s cheap too, right? Make it in bronze or something. Not that we remember that at all.”
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