Here's a piece of baseball memorbilia for the collector who doesn't want just another home-run ball or game-worn jersey: Heritage Auctions is selling the bat shard that Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series.
Surely, you know the moment and have watched the replay numerous times. After that broken bat was picked up my Clemens, flung at Piazza and the benches cleared, the bat shard ended up in the possession of Jeff Mangold, the New York Yankees head strength and conditioning coach at the time. He's kept it under wraps since 2000 and recently turned it over for auction.
Mangold told ESPN's Darren Rovell:
"I've had this for 13 years," Mangold said. "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."
The current bid on the bat shard is $4,000, but Heritage estimates the Clemens/Piazza bat is worth at least $10,000. The final sale of the bat will happen at a live event on Feb. 22, so there's plenty of time for it to reach and topple the $10,000 threshold, which the auction house fully expects.
The toughest thing about owning a piece like this, though? It would take some serious will power not to throw it at your buddies.
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