October 17, 2011
Are you a Boston Red Sox fan who's long on cash, but short on good feelings after last month's historic collapse? Then Scott Williamson may have just the thing to get you back to whistling "Dirty Water" and humming "Sweet Caroline" in no time.
Williamson, a reliever who pitched just 28 innings in 2004 before blowing out his elbow and missing the postseason, has put his World Series championship ring up for auction. There's no telling how much it might fetch, but Lenny Dykstra's 1986 New York Mets World Series ring sold for $60,000 in 2009. Williamson is banking on a rich Red Sox fan to pay even more for a rare item that represents the end of Boston's 86-year World Series drought.
So what's driving Williamson to get so unsentimental and go the old ballplayer's route of cash for gold? Well, like many Americans, Williamson and his family have a lot of cash tied up in a dream home they built in 2004 and he's looking to become a little more liquid. But he also wants to devote some of the money to building a baseball facility for children near the Indiana-Ohio border.
"In baseball, I thought, 'What is one of the most important things that happened in my career that I could give up to accomplish something that would be even bigger?' " Williamson, 35, said yesterday from Indiana. "And it's my World Series ring. I've got All-Star rings and other things through the years, but the World Series ring to me was humongous. It was 86 years.
"I can die with that World Series ring. But if I die and I have this (facility) and these kids, and I've helped make them better people, then my name and what I've done will mean more to me than that."
The auction is scheduled to run until Oct. 25 and the starting bid is $1. You can find more information about it at Everything But The House, an Ohio auction house.
Any Red Sox fans out there interested? How much would you be willing to bid?