Jeffrey Maier is one of the most accidentally famous sports fans around (Steve Bartman notwithstanding). As you’ll recall, he was the 12-year old who interfered with a Derek Jeter fly ball in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between the Yankees and Orioles, which was incorrectly ruled a home run. He reached into the field of play, so it should not have been a HR. And I don’t care what Tony Tarasco (the outfielder camped under the fly ball) says. He would not have made that catch. It would have bounced off the top of the wall and back in to the field of play. But, I digress.
Either way, O’s fans don’t have to worry about Maier this time around as New York and Baltimore get set to face off in the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Maier, now 28, says he will not attend the series:
“Tell them I am going to watch it sitting in my living room over the fireplace on a Samsung,” Maier told The Post from his southern New Hamphsire home Saturday night.