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 …
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.