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Orioles thoughts on Jeffrey Maier, Tony Tarasco, Miguel Gonzalez, Nathan Showalter
Orioles thoughts on Jeffrey Maier, Tony Tarasco, Miguel Gonzalez, Nathan Showalter

When I saw that the infamous Jeffrey Maier glove -- the black Mizuno used by the 12-year-old Maier to deflect a fly ball into a homer in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium -- is being auctioned off this week, I had to laugh. Every few years that moment comes up again -- one of the most painful in Orioles history. Over the years, I have gotten to know Maier a little bit; he’s a down-to-earth guy who did what most 12-year-old kids would do -- and many adults -- at a ballgame. He then was feted -- albeit too much -- in New York while being forever despised in Baltimore. He has handled it all very well after those first few overwhelming days. I...

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