NCIS: Duryea, PA [2011 Topps Heritage]

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.

5 responses to “NCIS: Duryea, PA [2011 Topps Heritage]

  1. Nice detective work!

  2. Twice in preseason last year Butera was on first base against my yanks. In the first game, Butera was on first and D. Yound was on second when D. Span hit a hard one-hopper to A-Rod. Double play was 5-6 in the scorecard as Rameiro Pena was cheating over towards first becasue of a bluff bunt. Jeter thought about the triple play but Span got down the line just to fast (and there were 2 outs) so he ate it.

    Quite ragging on Topps. Who else would bring you a 5-6 double play?

    • Since you don’t give a date for this game, I’m not sure what you’re looking at. The Twins played the Yankees on 3/31 (the game in which Denard Span hit his mother in the stands with a foul ball), and it wasn’t this game, as their uniforms did not have their names on the back.

      The earlier split-squad game on 3/7 did indeed have Butera as a PH/C and he did reach base two times…and scored both times. And Jeter was not in this game.

      Better luck next time; thank you for playing.

  3. I’m sure he does have the ball still in the last frame. Come on, Topps! If you’re going to lie to us, at least make it a little believeable!

  4. Just from the picture it doesn’t look like he even threw the ball, he still has it in his hand in the last frame. To turn the double he would have had to throw it while jumping, probably in the 3rd and 4th frame. Lazy Topps…

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