He was in the right place at the right time. When 12-year-old New York Yankee fan Jeff Maier extended his glove beyond the right-field wall and helped the Bronx Bombers to a play-off victory over the Baltimore Orioles Oct. 9, the clock began ticking on a peculiarly modern 15 minutes of fame. Since that fateful interference, committed in the media capital of the world, Jeff's been:
INVITED ONTO... Late Show With David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Larry King Live, Extra!, Geraldo, American Journal;
APPEARED ON... Good Morning America, Live With Regis & Kathie Lee;
AND TICKED OFF... Letterman (the kid turned him down to attend game 2 of the play-offs), the secretary at Charles DeWolf Middle School in Old Tappan, N.J. (because ''the day after, the phone rang nonstop from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.''), the guy who actually caught the famous ball (but received almost no attention), and Orioles fans everywhere (said Maryland governor Parris Glendening in a statement: ''Since it is obvious to everyone who saw that act of theft... I'm asking that criminal conspiracy charges be sought...'').
Thankfully, Jeff's parents, Dick and Jane Maier, have put a moratorium on his press interviews and TV appearances. Thus ends another 15 minutes.