Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries autographed ball being auctioned by Twins

David Brown
Big League Stew

The Minnesota Twins found a way for their Community Fund to benefit from the 72-day marriage between NBA player Kris Humphries and famous person Kim Kardashian.

The Twinkies announced they are auctioning a baseball signed by the celebrity pair and, as of early Wednesday morning, the bidding was up to $1,000. That's not surprising, given this hopeful statement:

"We have as far as we know, a one-of-a-kind item — a baseball with both of their signatures which we believe is best used to raise incremental funds for the good works of the Community Fund," said Kevin Smith, executive director of public affairs for the Twins.

"Community" property. Makes sense with a California divorce.

A Minnesota native who plays for the New Jersey Nets, Humphries threw out the first pitch at Target Field before a game July 1. His fiancee, a reality TV star (like you need to be told) came along for encouragement, and both signed a ball. The pair married in August, but (presumably) soon, both will sign papers making their divorce final. The Twins' website referred to the couple as "ill-fated."

The Twins obviously held on to the ball (I wouldn't have known what to do with it at first, either) until brainstorming the auction in the wake of their split. How much will this unique celebrity souvenir go for?

Humphries signed the ball on the sweet spot (which by itself makes it almost worth something) and included his uniform number (which everyone knows is 43, right?) Note that Kim's signature is practically an afterthought, as if she was already feeling distant in the relationship. However, she does write nicely, and the "XO" (presumably for hugs and kisses) is a sweet touch. Back atcha, Kimmy!

(One Hollywood expert thinks Kim's handwriting is that of an insecure person. Sounds like a mighty brittle limb to me, expert!)

Hopefully, the Twins will get maximum value for the ball and use the money to buy new trees to plant in the center-field batter's eye. (The solution is more trees, not fewer!)

And to the unlucky couple, may you find true love again this week. And don't be afraid to check out more baseball games in the future.

The auction ends next week.

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