It’s a significant one too:
A Connecticut family is selling a baseball that New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig hit a home run with in the 1928 World Series.
Elizabeth Gott, a Stamford resident, says she’s selling the ball on behalf of her 30-year-old son, Michael. She says the proceeds will be used to pay off his medical school debt.
Gehrig hit the homer off Grover Cleveland Alexander. It’s expected to fetch between $100K and $200K. No word on whether young Michael’s specialty will be ALS and other diseases of the nervous system, but seeing as though Gehrig is indirectly paying for his education …
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.