Bob Haynie: Orioles Pushed To The Brink

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:

Prior to Wednesday’s game three of the ALDS between the Orioles and New York Yankees, we heard a lot about Jeffrey Maier. Maier was the then-12-year-old fan who interfered with a Derek Jeter fly ball in game one the 1996 ALCS.

Maier’s actions led incompetent umpire Richie Garcia to rule the Jeter fly ball a home run when it should have ruled an out. Instead of being thrown out of the stadium for fan interference, Maier became a celebrity.

Wednesday night, the Orioles played their first postseason game in New York since 1996 and they lost in heartbreaking style.

Unlike 1996, there was no controversy. Just a veteran player coming up huge.

The Orioles were two outs away from taking a 2-1 series lead over the favored Yankees when Raul Ibanez added his name to the list of athletes who has broken the hearts of Baltimore fans.

Ibanez, pinch-hitting for…

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