The Yankees’ Derek Jeter is making a victory lap around the league during his 19th and final season, receiving mostly cheers wherever he goes. That’s certainly true in Tampa, where the Yankees hold their spring training and have a minor league complex. But that doesn’t mean Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon has to like it.
Maddon ripped the Rays’ fans Saturday after Jeter gave the Yankees a 3-2 win at the Trop with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth. Brendan Kuty of NJ.com was there:
“Yeah it’s great,” Maddon said. “It’s great that it’s sold out. And I understand that the people like Derek Jeter. But you’ve got to come out and root for the Rays, too, you understand. I mean, I totally understand what’s going on. But I’m not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees’ favor in our ballpark. I’m not going to defend that. So we’re going to come out and root for the Rays. We’d appreciate that.”
In other important Jeter news, the Yankees’ captain will have to settle for a corn maze in central New Jersey until he’s enshrined at Cooperstown:
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 17, 2014
The AP has more on this a-maize-ing agricultural formation:
A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium.
“Thanks Captain Clutch” is carved into the maze, along with a baseball with Jeter’s No. 2 on it. Cindy VonThun, whose husband’s family owns the farm, said the maze will be open from Sept. 20 through Halloween.
“This was just something totally different,” she said. “To walk out in the field and to be on a path and to say, ‘I’m in Derek Jeter’s chin,’ it’s pretty cool.”
As the AP helpfully notes, “this is the first known instance of him being honored with a corn maze.”