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Jeffrey Maier

Last night’s actions at Wrigley Field are reminiscent of a Jeffrey Maier’s fan interference between Baltimore and the Yankees, 1996.

For those not familiar with the circumstances, Derek Jeter hit an apparent deep fly out to Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco. While Tarasco camped under the warning track to catch the ball, and register another out, 12 year old Jeffrey Maier reached far over the wall, and took the ball out of the air, just above Tarasco’s glove.

The umpire covering the play mistakenly thought the ball was heading over the fence (because of Maier’s “catch”) and ruled Jeter’s hit a home run. The Yankees went on to win the game in extra innings, and eventually won the playoffs as well as the World Series.

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