16 years ago today Jeffrey Maier, a 12-year-old from New Jersey made one of the most important fan plays in baseball history when he deflected a batted ball in-play into the Yankee Stadium stands during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series. His action altered the course of Game 1, as the resulting home run allowed the Yankees to tie the score. They would go on to win the game and that series, four games to one.
Jeffrey Maier changed everything for the 1996 Yankees. If Derek Jeter, a rookie in 1996, popped out instead of hitting the home run who knows how their World Series run, and his swagger filled career, would have changed.
So where is Jeff today? We investigate.
Our search began on Google where we learned that Jeffrey was a pretty solid college baseball player at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was a first-team all-NESCAC selection, played briefly for the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2005 and in 2006, he became Wesleyan’s career hits leader.
This is where the trail goes dry.
With some further digging we found on Facebook that Jeffrey goes by Jeff now. He is 28-years-old and living the dream in New Hampshire. Jeff is married to a Red Sox fan, we won;t hold it against him, and has two young children.
Jeff Maier is also still involved with sports as the director of partnerships and aquisitions for LeagueApps.com, a kick-ass sports league management, registration and social marketing tool that we have actually heard of before writing this piece.