Friday in Texas, the Baltimore Orioles will play their first postseason game in 15 years. The 2012 season has been one of rebirth for the franchise, a fresh start after 14 consecutive years with a losing record.
But there's a link between the team's current architect and a tormenter from Octobers past.
Yes, Jeffrey Maier played for Orioles general manager Dan Duquette.
Maier, as a 12-year-old New York Yankees fan, reached over the wall to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball to the warning track in right field during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. But umpire Rich Garcia allowed the play to stand as a home run, a controversial call that helped the Yankees win the series -- and renew their dynasty.
Maier went on to star in baseball at Division III Wesleyan University, setting the school hits record in 2006. During his college career, Maier spent one summer playing for the Pittsfield (Mass.) Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball...