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Mientkiewicz Trust Fund

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by osugrad21, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr><td class="yspsctnhdln">Sox first baseman keeps ball gloved for last Series out</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="7"><spacer type="block" height="1" width="1"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td>
    January 7, 2005 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 safe deposit box. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said Thursday he's going to ask Mientkiewicz to return it to the team.

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    </td> </tr> </tbody></table> "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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  2. Alan

    Alan Banned

    must be hell living on his surprised his wife doesnt spend two hours a day diving for coins in the fountain just so they can put food on the table...
  3. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    I can see this one going to court... it's all about $$$$.
  4. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Give it back, without cost. At a minimum, donate it to the Hall of Fame. He has plenty of money to take care of his kids.
  5. Alan

    Alan Banned

    <table bgcolor="#000000" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="410"> <tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#b4b4b4" width="5%">
    </td> <td bgcolor="#ffffff" width="28%"> Doug Mientkiewicz</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#d2d2d2" width="8%">MIN</td> <td bgcolor="#c0c0c0" width="59%"> $1.75M</td></tr></tbody> </table>
  6. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    the same people who say PC shouldve taken the 49er job because its 5 million dollars more are blaming this guy for holding on the the ball.
  7. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    Let him keep the ball - but never allow him to sell it.
  8. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    I have to side with the player here. It's in his posession, it's his ball. Screw the Sox. I'd keep it too if it could fetch nearly my annual salary. Perhaps he should use the ball as a chip to negotiate a bigger contract.
  9. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Doug takes his ball to NY

    ummmmm.....something tells me the whole issue made it easier to trade him.
  10. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    He was a rental from day one.
  11. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    Friday, January 28, 2005

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Friday with former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to display the baseball from the final out of the 2004 World Series while putting off the decision on who owns it.

    The ball will be encased in a special plaque and join the World Series trophy on its victory tour.

    "Doug was a key part of our stretch run and postseason victories and he won over our fans in a very short period of time," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. "We thank him for his many contributions and are pleased that our fans will be able to get close to the ball. We wish him the best of luck in the other league in 2005."

    The Red Sox led St. Louis 3-0 with two outs in the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series when Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria grounded the ball back to the mound. Pitcher Keith Foulke fielded the ball and tossed it to Mientkiewicz for the final out, ending the team's 86-year-old World Series championship drought.

    Mientkiewicz kept the ball as a souvenir, and when the team asked for it back it touched off a controversy over its ownership.

    Mientkiewicz was since traded to the New York Mets. Renteria signed with Boston as a free agent.
  12. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.


  13. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    If I was him I'd just sell it now so they cant get it out of him even if they do take it to court.

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