Via Rick Mayer -
Only six major-league players have topped the 600 plateau: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609). So, the next ball A-Rod plops over a fence will be worth thousands on the sports collectible market.
Consider that when A-Rod knocked out No. 500 in 2007, it was auctioned three years later for $103,579. It’s not known who sold or bought the ball, but it was caught by Walter Kowalczyk, of Trenton, N.J., at old Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez and the Yankees attempted to purchase the ball from Kowalczyk, but a deal was apparently never consummated.
Bonds’ 756th home run ball from 2007, which bested Aaron’s all-time mark, was auctioned for $752,467, well more than the estimates by memorabilia experts. It was caught in San Francisco by Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old student from New York.
With that in mind, outfield seats are the place to be when the Yankees and Rays battle for first place in the AL East tonight through Sunday.
Major League Baseball has been putting special numbered balls in play each time Rodriguez comes to bat for identification purposes. Should a fan collect No. 600, that individual will need to prove it by presenting the ball with the appropriate marked number.
By the way, did anyone else hear that sound bite of Suzyn Waldman yesterday, on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton? In case you missed it, the clip was Suzyn screeching “Alex has special balls!” (from the broadcast of Wednesday’s game).
Man, it was classic. Right up there with NPR’s Delicious Dish segment on Schweddy Balls.