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"It's my ball and I'm going home."

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from CNN/SI

Give it back

Red Sox want Mientkiewicz to return historic Series-winning ball

Posted: Friday January 7, 2005 1:07PM; Updated: Friday January 7, 2005 3:04PM

BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox fans have seen the video over and over again. A ground ball to pitcher Keith Foulke. He tosses it underhand to backup first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who raises it high as Boston celebrates its first World Series championship in 86 years.

Mientkiewicz still hasn't let go of the ball. But now the Red Sox want it back.

Calling the ball, "my retirement fund," Mientkiewicz stored it in a safety deposit box. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said Thursday he's going to ask Mientkiewicz to return it to the team.

"We want it to be part of Red Sox archives or museums so it can be shared with the fans," Lucchino told The Boston Globe. "We would hope he would understand the historical nature of it."

Mientkiewicz seems to understand it very well, which is exactly why he held on to it.

Historic baseballs have recently fetched impressive sums. The baseball Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk banged off the foul pole in the 1975 World Series sold for $113,373. The ball Barry Bonds hit for his 73rd home run went for $450,000. The most expensive baseball of all time is Mark McGwire's 70th homer, which went for $3 million.

Mientkiewicz said he thinks the Boston World Series ball has more value than a home run ball.

"Those are important and all, don't get me wrong, but there are always going to be more home runs," he said. "This is something that took 86 years, and 86 years is a long time. Personally, I went through hell and back this year. But winning the World Series is something I'm going to remember for a long time."

Mientkiewicz came to Boston from Minnesota in the three-team midseason deal that sent Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs.

Mientkiewicz, who batted .215 for Boston, was used primarily as a late innings defensive replacement, and the former Gold Glove first baseman has indicated his unhappiness with the role.

Boston broke its championship drought by beating the New York Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series, then sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four games in the World Series.

After the game, Mientkiewicz said he put the ball in his locker, then gave it to his wife, Jodi, who put it in her purse. The next day, the ball was authenticated by Major League Baseball.

Carmine Tiso, spokesman for MLB, told the Globe that Mientkiewicz owns the baseball, though Joe Januszewski, Red Sox director of corporate partnerships, said he thinks the team owns it.

Mientkiewicz couldn't be reached for comment Thursday by the Globe after Lucchino said the club wanted the ball back. But on Wednesday, he left no doubt that he believes the ball belongs to him.

"I know this ball has a lot of sentimental value," Mientkiewicz said. "I hope I don't have to use it for the money. It would be cool if we have kids someday to have it stay in our family for a long time. But I can be bought. I'm thinking, there's four years at Florida State for one of my kids. At least."

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an aside:

"I hope I don't have to use it for the money." Well, since you made just short of $3-million last season, pretty much what you've made the past few, and since you're going to be vested into one of the most lucrative pension* plans known to humankind, guaranteeing you plenty of cash-flow until the day you die, after which your grandkids will be set on your baseball income, I'd hope not, too.

*The pension fund is a defined benefit plan (meaning it pays specified amounts based on years of service, player age, when played in the majors, but not based upon salaries earned as a player). A player is vested after only one day of service in the majors, but begins to accrue benefits after 43 days of service. The pension fund amounts dispensed to players are at the federal limit maximums. A player with 10 years of service in the majors who "retires" at age 62, for example, would receive an annual pension disbursement of $165,000. Not only that, but each player takes in an additional 100 grand or so just by being a member of the union and collecting licensing fees for MLB merchandise.

Dude obviously wants out of Boston.
post #2 of 5
[Gulls from "Finding Nemo"]mine..MINE..Mine...MINE...mine...Mine...MINE [/Gulls from "Finding Nemo"]. The greed of these players is sooo discusting. If I had had thay type of salary, you wouldn't here from me...especially on Powder Days. When the eff is enough enough. These primadonnas have no clue what is going on in the real world.
post #3 of 5
When you have that level of wealth, it's just keeping score...
post #4 of 5
He was on WEEI (the big sports talk radio station in the area) yesterday and stated most of the comments were made in jest and came out bad in the way the article was written. That was actually the way I read most of them anyways, but I can see how it would be construed differently.

Either way, precedent says the ball is his. An MLB source they had on stated as much.
post #5 of 5
The ball is cursed.
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