There is an appropriate time and place for everything, even police officers asking professional baseball players for autographs. The ninth inning of Game 1 of the ALDS is not the time nor the place. As if asking the Yankees players for their autographs during a game wouldn’t be strange enough, some Maryland state troopers reportedly asked the Bombers for them during the most crucial inning of their win over Baltimore on Sunday.
According to the NY Post, officers assigned to the game asked Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter for their signatures sometime before, after or during New York’s five-run rally in the ninth inning. Swisher was reportedly “livid” over the request and Jeter had the following to say after the game when asked if that was a first for him.
“What do you think?” the Yankee captain asked.
I think not — especially in the ninth inning of a playoff game. Police officers are fans like the rest of us and many of them have kids who would kill for an autograph, but I’m sure these particular Maryland troopers now know that it’s better to save those types of requests for when you’re off the clock.
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