World Series keepsakes open for bidding
World Series-clinching lineup card available at MLB.com Auction
Key artifacts from last month's 109th World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals are now up for bidding through Nov. 30 at MLB.com Auction, including the only Game 6 lineup card used in Boston's dugout during their first championship home clincher since 1918, as well as the actual third base removed after the Game 3 obstruction-call play.
Bidding starts at $500 on the lineup card that hung inside the home dugout at Fenway Park on Oct. 30 and was signed by manager John Farrell -- perfect for framing as a one-of-a-kind commemoration of the 6-1 Red Sox victory in the finale.
"This team has got its place in history, and I think as the year went along, the fans really recognized and appreciated the way we played the game," said Farrell. "They saw that there was a connection between each and every guy in our uniform, and I think they identified with that. I know our players thrive on the energy they create. To have it culminate in this, it's truly special."
Try to recreate the anticipation at Fenway Park -- and in the streets surrounding it -- as closer Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to clinch the title. You can bid on the ball that was used for the second-to-last pitch, an 81-mph splitter fouled off by Carpenter.
The "obstruction call" base from Game 3 at Busch Stadium is on the block. It is the actual third base that Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks walled upon as Cards baserunner Allen Craig tried to climb over him on his way home with what umpires would rule as the winning run.
Mike Napoli hit a big three-run RBI double off Adam Wainwright in Boston's Game 1 victory at Fenway, and the ball Napoli hit is in the auction.
Cardinals fans excited about Michael Wacha can bid on a great piece of memorabilia -- a ball he threw in his World Series debut, when he won Game 2 to move his postseason record to 4-0 at the time. If you're a Red Sox fan, it also is worth bidding on, because this ball was hit by Dustin Pedroia for a double.
One lucky fan already acquired the actual third base that was used during the first four innings of the clincher. It went for $19,025 after 43 bids.
Now that the Holiday Shopping season is under way at MLB.com, Red Sox fans also can find all the necessary title gear at the MLB.com Shop. Also available is the whole 2013 Postseason collection for fans of the 10 teams that participated.