Mariner fandom for late Friday: Griffey = increased value
.. if you’re trying to sell tickets. This guy is selling spring training tickets for an absurd price (and advertising them as $1, which I always think is poor conduct)(just above “Craig”, who posts over and over spamming keywords) and…
Hurry and get these now before they sign Junior, if they do, prices will only go up thereafter…Cash only or possible trade for similar 3rd base side Safeco Field box seats for 2009.
I believe that this is the first listing to imply that Griffey rejoining the team will increase ticket demand. Why, even people in Atlanta are sniffing around for people who want 50 Griffey cards, presumably one for every game he’ll be healthy for in 2009. Yessss!
Okay, but here’s the find of the day, sent to us by Curt. I… it’s a Miguel Cairo signed baseball.
But as Curt pointed out, that’s only the start of it. It quotes entirely (and without attribution) Miguel Cairo‘s “Playing Career” Wikipedia entry, which is a hilarious piece of work:
In 2004, Cairo won the second base job with the New York Yankees after starting the year in a platoon with Enrique Wilson. He finished the season hitting .292 (19 points over his lifetime average) with six home runs and 42 RBI in 122 games, prompting the comment from his manager: “He knows how to play”, Joe Torre said. Cairo led the league in percentage of productive outs in 2005 for players with a minimum of 40 at-bats. Cairo recorded 17 productive outs in 32 productive out situations, for a PO% of 0.531. Given the potent nature of the Yankee lineup, the importance of these stats can not be overstated. In fact, Cairo had the highest winning percentage of team wins when he played in a game of any player in the majors in 2005 (for players with over 100 games played).However, the Yankees declined to offer him a contract for 2005 and signed Tony Womack as their new second baseman. Cairo was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent before the 2005 season, only to return to the Yankees as a free agent in the 2006 season.
Who wrote this, Buster Olney? His agent?
Meanwhile, an Ichiro bobblehead is selling for $10 — one fourth the price of a Miguel Cairo signed baseball! And the same as a Richie Sexson one. JJ Putz? $20. I don’t get it. I know they’re just stupid things that sit on your desk or wherever, but how can a representation of Sexson be worth the same amount of money as an Ichiro version? Unless it’s some kind of cruel gag gift for someone you don’t like.
And in the David Segui vein of things devalued by autographing…. how quickly Willy Boom-Boom Blomquist’s star has faded since his departure. An “augraphed” authentic Bloomquist jersey for $80. And this is in Bremerton! No size listed because as Rudy proved, hard work, determination, and grit know no sizing.