"I didn’t mean to do anything bad," Maier explained at the time. "I’m just a 12-year-old kid trying to catch a ball." But other fans were not so understanding. In a game at Williams College in Massachusetts in his sophomore year, he played center field. Fans threw snow and ice.
As a proud graduate of Williams College, one of the greatest of our country’s intellectual institutions, I can’t condone the shenanigans perpetrated by current Ephmen and women. On the other hand, it can get lonely in the Berkshires, it was Jeffrey Maier, and beer consumption was never one of our lesser talents. Today the New York TImes updates us on one of MLB’s most infamous former urchins, the kid who infamously caught the
fly out home run at Yankee Stadium that should have been caught by Tony Tarasco, the little punk kid who likely saved the Yankees’ postseason of 1996. He’s now onto other things at Wesleyan University, one of the two lesser schools of the vaunted Little Three. Good for him. He just might want to steer clear of the Dennett House Orioles fans on his next trip to the Purple Valley, and all should be well.