Captain of the corn maze: Farm honors Derek Jeter

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The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick, N.J., created this fall corn maze as a tribute to Derek Jeter. 
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through crop circles shaped into a cornfield near Raisting, southern Germany, on July 28, 2014. According to media reports, a balloonist had discovered the circle some days ago. Since then, hundreds of people came to the field to watch it, however it is unclear who did create the pattern. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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COMMERCIAL IMAGE – In this photograph released on Sunday, April 1, 2012 by AP Images for Butterfinger, a helicopter catches an aerial view of an unusual crop circle in Manhattan, Kansas. (Jeff Tuttle/AP Images for Butterfinger)
People visit a crop circle of which the origin is unknown in a cornfield in Corcelles-pres-de-Payerne, Switzerland, Saturday, July 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Keystone/Sandro Campardo)
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(JS) CROPCIRCLE07- Marc Wilson, who runs the 86 foot boom truck, look out over a wheat field a mile off the east-west DIA runways that Papa John™s has crafted into a six-acre crop circle promoting the company™s 100 percent whole-wheat pizza crust. Approximately 60 percent of the wheat used in this crust comes from the wheat fields of Colorado. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Crop circles adorn wheat fields near to Walkers Hill White Horse and North of Alton Barnes, August 19, 2009 the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Crop circles adorn wheat fields near to Walkers Hill White Horse and North of Alton Barnes, August 19, 2009 the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
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Crop circle near West Kennet, Wiltshire, 1998. Some people regard crop circles as evidence of UFO contact or spiritual activity. Others believe they are hoaxes. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
'Snowflake' crop circle near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, 1997. Some people regard crop circles as evidence of UFO contact or spiritual activity. Others believe they are hoaxes. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat.

A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium.

"Thanks Captain Clutch" is carved into the maze, along with a baseball with Jeter's No. 2 on it. Farm owner Cindy VonThun said the maze will be open from Sept. 20 through Halloween.

"This was just something totally different," she said. "To walk out in the field and to be on a path and to say, 'I'm in Derek Jeter's chin,' it's pretty cool."

Jeter is retiring after 19 seasons with the Yankees. He has been honored at Major League ballparks around the country this year, including by former President George W. Bush, who presented him with a photo from his presidential library last month in Texas.

But this is the first known instance of him being honored with a corn maze.

VonThun said the original idea was to do a design this year with a tractor carrying pumpkins. She said that the company in Utah that it contracts with to build the maze, The Maize Company, came up with the idea to honor Jeter.

"You're in the middle of Jeter Country, why wouldn't you be doing a tribute to this man, he's wonderful," she said of the company's thoughts. "Everyone's going to love that more than they're going to love a tractor pulling some wagons, pulling some pumpkins. We thought about it and thought why not."

She said that company maps out the image and then uses chemicals to prevent corn from growing in the spots that become the pathways of the maze, which can take an hour or longer to go through.

The farm celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and is known for its fall corn maze. The farm has previously carved a salute to Rutgers football into the maze.

The Maize Company also recently created a maze with "Today" show weatherman Al Roker's likeness on it for a farm in Iowa.

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