Cal Ripken Jr. is auctioning off his old truck, a 1994 Chevy Suburban that he drove to the ballpark the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record in September of 1995.
Hunt Auctions is running the bidding, which goes through August 28 and includes the following:
The winning bidder will receive first class airfare and lodging for two to Baltimore where they will be invited to attend the Sports Legends Museum Gala honoring Cal and fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Murray on September 5th as well as Cal’s statue unveiling at Camden Yards on September 6th. During this time they will meet Cal and receive the keys to the truck from him.
According to Ripken funds from the auction will go toward “helping kids and building fields.”
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.