I’d like to take a moment to wish you all a merry Christmas (or a happy Thursday, if you don’t celebrate the Christian holiday.)
I haven’t written anything here in almost a month. Partly that’s due to having less free time to write – I took a seasonal job at a department store so I’d have some money coming in during the holidays. Partly it’s due to not having much to write about – while John Mayberry Jr. may turn out to be an important part of the Mets’ bench, I don’t really have much to say about him.
And Mayberry’s been the most interesting addition to the Mets’ roster since the early signing of Michael Cuddyer. At some point, I’ll probably want to talk about the moves that the Marlins, Braves and Phillies have been making this winter… but that can wait until we get closer to spring training.
(And how about those Padres and Dodgers? It’s been a long time since I’ve seen two teams in the same division make such significant roster overhauls during the same off-season.)
They are all awesome, but I’m going to save most of them for another time. But this is the perfect time to feature one, a Mike Piazza card that went right on our Christmas tree. Pacific certainly did produce some interesting baseball cards, once upon a time.
Mike Piazza‘s first inning at bat against Roger Clemens in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series led to one of the more bizarre moments in post-season history.
Now, some collector has the chance to own the bat shard that was at the center of the controversy.
Former New York Yankees strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold is selling the bat barrel through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Saturday, February 22nd. Early internet bidding had already raised the price to $4,000 as of Wednesday evening; the auction catalog estimate is $10,000 plus.
“I’ve had this for 13 years,” Mangold told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it.”
So, baseball fans, if you had $10,000 to spend on a piece of memorabilia, is this something you’d want in your collection? I think I’d pass – the incident is really not the high point of either player’s career nor one I especially enjoy remembering.