Just picked up my first of this year’s Topps Heritage, and when I saw this card, I immediately considered it a great candidate for the next NCIS: Duryea, PA post:
2011 Topps Heritage #311 Derek Jeter
This was from a Target blaster. So, what can we uncover here?
Here’s what I noticed initially:
1) that’s backup catcher Drew Butera bearing down on Jeter
2) it’s a day game; makes sense for “Butters” to be catching
3) he’s not necessarily all that fast, yet he’s there with his take-out slide
4) take look at the ball in each frame
Once again the gang at WGOM has nailed this one. Here are the findings:
– Butera only played in New York on two occasions: May 15th and May 16th
– on the 16th he was only used as a pinch runner for Jim Thome, and scored on Jason Kubel’s grand slam
– the only time he was on base in the other game was after a leadoff single in the top of the 8th. He was out at second, but on a Denard Span 1-6 fielder’s choice.
So, it’s as was initially expected; Jeter does NOT make the double play. Looks like we can call BS on Topps for this one.