New Jersey Farm Honors Jeter in a Unique Way

Published 08/19 2014 09:46AM

Updated 08/19 2014 09:59AM

Derek Jeter is in his final season with the New York Yankees. He has been on somewhat of a farewell tour all season long, as teams across Major League Baseball have honored him in creative ways.

A New Jersey farm took it to a whole new level in their own unique way.

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 eight miles northeast of Princeton and 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium.

"Thanks Captain Clutch" is carved into the maze, along with a baseball with Jeter's number 2 on it. Farm owner Cindy Vonthun said the maze will be open from September 20 through Halloween.

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.

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.

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