Friday, October 28, 2011

World Series and Wild Game 6, Fan Who Nabs Game Winning Home Run Ball Refuses To Hold Nation "Hostage"

Watching game 6 last night was unbelievable. The Cardinals down time and time again, simply would not go away. The only time they were up, in extra innings, was when they posted the final score, 10-9.

Last night's game reminded me of that crazy 1975 World Series between Boston and Cincinnati.

I watched as the winning home run ball landed on the grass just beyond the fence and some drunken fan rolled over it and stuck it down his pants. He eventually traded it back to the club. It was hard to ignore a couple of things that he said, but my favorite line was that he wasn't going to hold the nation hostage by hanging onto the ball. Wow. Like some rehearsed Oscar speech. Just a shade over dramatic. It wasn't like he had the cure for cancer or the answer to our national debt problem down there- by his junk.

Clearly he was referring to the homer Barry Bonds hit that broke the all-time record held for many years by Hank Aaron. The fan that nabbed that ball kept it for awhile. But nobody cared initially because Bonds' was such an asshole. Ultimately this is what happened. Funny fan ending. The record-setting ball was consigned to an auction house on August 21.[113] Bidding began on August 28 and closed with a winning bid of USD$752,467 on September 15 after a three phase online auction.[114] The high bidder, fashion designer Marc Ecko, created a website to let fans decide its fate.[115] Subsequently,[116] Ben Padnos, who submitted the (US) $186,750 winning bid on Bonds' record-tying 755th home run ball also set up a website to let fans decide its fate.[117] Of Ecko's plans, Bonds said "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."[118] 10 million voters helped Ecko decide to brand the ball with an asterisk and send it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[119] Padnos sold 5-year ads on a website, www.endthedebate.com, where people voted by a two to one margin to smash the ball.

Last night's news. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/The-story-of-the-Cardinals-fan-who-returned-Free?urn=mlb-wp25597

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