Are you the type of sports memorabilia collector who not only has a lot of expendable income but also the free space to store what is essentially rubbish from a late and unloved ballpark?
If your answer is somehow "yes," then have we got the deal for you. The visitors dugout from the Seattle Kingdome is currently listed on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $7,499.99. That does not include the shipping it will take for a UPS or FedEx driver to curse your name or the sanding the benches will need after being stored outside all the years.
It does, however, include the inherent magic that comes with owning the place where Derek Jeter rested his keister during his big-league debut on May 29, 1995. Or something.
From the Center Field Sports listing:
This dugout was on the 1st base side in the Kingdome. The visitor dugout consists of five individual sections. Each section is between 13 and 18 feet long and 8 feet high and 7 feet deep. One of the sections has the doorway that lead into the visitor clubhouse. There is also the section that contains the helmet rack, bat racks and phone lines to the bullpen and press box. The tubes that held bats (were) stolen while this was in storage. It is a common pvc pipe that can be replaced. This section also contains (an) area for the tv cameras.
OK, so maybe the intro to this post was a bit cynical. This would make for a great spot to host cocktail parties if you were to dress it up with wax figures of Gene Mauch, Doug DeCinces, Brian Downing and the rest of the 1985 California Angels. You could also drag it out to your local Little League field so today's children can experience all the enjoyment of playing in a personality-free dome that almost ended big-league baseball in the Pacific Northwest!
At the very least, it's a great listing to send to your significant other and temporarily instill the fear that you'll actually buy the thing. You know, kind of like that Jose Canseco head-homer cap we featured last week (which is now regrettably going for almost three times its estimated price after the attention it received here. Sorry, Jose.)