If you’re looking for a piece of memorabilia with a story that’s sure to *stick* in your mind, then Major League Baseball’s auction site has just the thing.
You, my friend, can become the new owner of the very baseball that baffled everybody when it got stuck to Yadier Molina’s chest protector last week during a St. Louis Cardinals game. It’s more proof that while the game-used memorabilia market can sometimes get tacky, it’s also a treasure trove for the clingy fan.
OK, enough with the bad puns. Let’s get down to brass tacks — whoops, last one, I promise — the ball is selling for $605 dollars at the time of this posting. By comparison, the average game-used ball starts for $40 on the site.
The sticky-ball moment might be the oddest yet of the new MLB season. It was funny because Molina legitimately couldn’t find the ball that was stuck to him, then smiled like all the rest of us when he realized what happened. It was sort of like when you pretend to throw a ball for a dog and then the dog figures out your ruse.
There was the question of just how the ball stuck to Molina’s chest protector. Internet sleuths determined either Molina or Cardinals pitcher Brett Cecil had to be using a sticky substance. While that might have been true, MLB cleared Molina of any wrongdoing. Enforcement of the rules on that stuff is pretty lax.
Instead, you can now buy the ball. If you’re a sticky-ball truther, maybe you can buy it and conduct your own experiments. Or if you’re a regular ol’ fan, you can own an odd piece of baseball history.
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