"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

O Thief! My Thief!

The Times' Harvey Araton finally got to the bottom of what Derek Jeter took from Yankee Stadium.

Derek Jeter came clean Wednesday night. He pilfered the Joe DiMaggio sign, as I suspected.

When I had last seen Jeter before covering the kickoff party to his celebrity golf classic for his Turn 2 Foundation at the Saddlebrook Resort about a half-north of here, he had refused comment on the famous sign (“I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee”) in the tunnel leading to the Yankees dugout that went missing soon after their last Stadium home game.

A clue on his intentions had come earlier that night, when he said he had his eye on a particular Stadium keepsake but wouldn’t say which. After the game and on-field celebration, I noticed the sign was missing and told him, “I know what you’re taking out of here,” and I asked if I could report it.

He shook his head and replied, “In due time.”

Four months later, he admitted he had taken the sign, and another item or two.
That sounds about right.


GM-Carson said...
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Raven King said...

So our Captain is not only smart in choosing the right girls to date, but also genius in selecting memorabilia.

Bob Ruffolo said...

I'm okay with this. If there has been any player on the Yankees that personify that sign, it's Jeter. He deserves it.

Mattingly23 said...

My tour guide told our group that Jeter took that sign when I was at one of the last tours ever over two months ago. You ever saw a picture of me hitting the spot where it used to be with a caption explaining it. Scott Proctor's Arm needs to pay closer to attention to details!

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Andrew Fletcher said...

Hmmm, Araton is trying to steal a story here.

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