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Captain of the corn maze: Farm honors Derek Jeter



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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Mary August 18 2014 at 10:12 AM

Well deserved...Thanks for the memories Jeter :)

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sallywieck August 18 2014 at 5:29 AM

I would love to know how this is done. So precise, such a lot of work - must take many people.

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hy8r1d sallywieck August 18 2014 at 6:47 AM

Sally, not only is he an international star, he is inter-galactic as well. It was done by aliients.

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hy8r1d hy8r1d August 18 2014 at 7:06 AM

meant to say aliens (not aliients)

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Denver333 sallywieck August 18 2014 at 11:36 AM

well, it is done by lots of people with too much time on their hands...

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tugsboat August 18 2014 at 1:58 PM

You mean it wasn't carved out by Aliens! I am so so dissapointed, well one thing I know for sure is that all those other crop circles those are the real thing :Aliens!

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nightmagic23103 August 18 2014 at 1:40 PM

well I guess aliens like baseball too. Guess we well have to call it the Galactic Series now.

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Jack Eisenbraun August 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

That's pretty amazing, but I'm curious about these chemicals that are used to prevent corn from growing in the spots that become the pathways. Hopefully, they've done research on these chemicals and they don't pose a health risk for anyone in the future.

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Denver333 August 18 2014 at 11:35 AM

Really? Why? Ridiculous waste of time, effort and...corn...

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dheybulldog Denver333 August 18 2014 at 1:04 PM

Why' you didn't make it..So what's the problem??

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kentdeaninla August 18 2014 at 10:58 AM

An amazing maize maze!

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norge1234 August 18 2014 at 10:21 AM

Give me a break....

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Genevieve norge1234 August 18 2014 at 11:16 AM

I guess Norway doesn't have any Derek Jeters'

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belldn3 August 18 2014 at 8:47 AM

Nice.

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dwtomczyk August 18 2014 at 8:15 AM

corn mazes are man made?

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Dan dwtomczyk August 18 2014 at 8:40 AM

B-b-b-but wasn't the HIV/AIDS virus brought to Earth by ***** from space? ☺

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