Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WLW and ESPN1530 radio guy Lance McAlister has it wrong about Derek Jeter's 3000th hit ball

On July 9th, Derek Jeter picked up his 3,000th hit. Long time listeners of Lance McAlister's show know that he is against any fan trying to gain anything from catching a historical ball like this. Here are our tweets on the 9th:

LanceMcAlister Lance McAlister
I'll apply my long standing believe here: If I caught the ball I'd gladly hand it over to Jeter and simply shake his hand.


LanceMcAlister Lance McAlister
If he offered me something in return...fine.

mattdavidky matt
@LanceMcAlister isn't asking to meet jeter the same as asking for something? Why not just hand it to security if you really want nothing?

Seems like a straightforward question.

@LanceMcAlister Lance McAlister
@mattdavidky Really? Did you see the guy and his interview?

Based on his response, Lance clearly does not know what I'm talking about...I try again.

mattdavidky matt
@LanceMcAlister no I am just saying if you want nothing, hand the ball to security and return to your seat.

@LanceMcAlister Lance McAlister
@mattdavidky if you are really debating this why would you give it to anyone but the guy that actually hit it? I don't get it. What's point?

Uh, you would give it to security if you do not wish to benefit from catching the ball which Lance says he prefers. However, Lance does want to cash in but since he isn't broke he will only ask for a trip to the Yankee clubhouse and all the goodies that go with it.

mattdavidky matt
@LanceMcAlister just saying giving it to jeter in the clubhouse is pretty cool & is more than nothing which is what u claim to want.whatev

I could tell he wasn't following along.


My point (that went over Lance's head) is that if Lance wants nothing from the ball, he would:
  1. Not ask to meet Jeter knowing that he and/or the team will give him something for the gesture.
  2. Not accept any gift after handing over the ball.
  3. Not try to have his cake and eat it too. He wants nothing for the ball...oh yeah, except for a trip to the clubhouse to meet Hall of Famers and pick up some freebies when he gets there.
Nothing personal against the guy. He had a decent show and stuff but he is wrong here.

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