Pappas wrote:Melissa Isaacson of the Chicago Tribune reports that at 7:31 PM this Thursday, the foul ball tipped by Steve Bartman in Game 6 of the NLCS will be destroyed before a national cable audience by Oscar-winning special effects artist Michael Lantieri. For now, the ball is on display at Harry Caray's Restaurant, under security Tom Ridge would envy:
"Thirteen surveillance cameras are trained on the ball inside the reinforced, tempered-glass case, with two alarms tied directly to the police station. At its peak exposure, when the ball is traveling to Wrigley Field on Wednesday, a day before its destruction, 11 armed guards will accompany it."
Grant DePorter, managing partner of Harry Caray's restaurant chain, paid $113,824.16 for the ball last December -- $20,000 more than actor Charlie Sheen paid in 1992 for the ball that rolled through Bill Buckner's legs to end Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Its final day will be spent in luxury:
"In its last 24 hours, the ball's schedule calls for a trip — by armored car, of course — to Wrigley Field 'just to say goodbye,' DePorter said. Then it's on to the Amalfi Hotel Chicago, where a fluffed pillow, luxury suite and even a masseuse will await.
"A server from Harry Caray's will present the last meal of steak, lobster and a Budweiser, all of which will be on roped-off display to the public — 'kind of like Lincoln's Bedroom,' DePorter said."
No word whether any White Sox fans plan to make like John Wilkes Booth. Imagine how insufferable the Cubs and their fans would be like if their club ever actually won a World Series? Good thing we're never likely to find out...
wonder what we can do to steal that ball .. hmmm ....
The coolest part of that story is the reason behind buying the thing in the first place. To date they have raised nearly $1 Million Dollars for Children with Diabetes Foundation! What a great way to raise charitable funds and have fun by bringing even more interest to baseball.
Andy1234 wrote:Any word on how it will be destroyed? Your article said by the Special Effects Guy, but I wonder how they'll do it.
Your right though, way too much fuss over a baseball. And I'm a Cubs fan. They should find the ball that Alex Gonzalez botched and destroy that, that was more costly to the loss than the Bartman ball.
Either that or the ball that Dusty left in Prior's hand when he should have taken him out.
Definitely find the ball that Alex Gonzalez muffed trying to turn a routine double play?
The whole Bartman thing is stupid in my opinion. Even though I'm Cubs fan I was very perturbed by the number of fellow fans that were all wrapped up in this so-called curse. Sure it was a curse, it was the curse of the scrappy Florida Marlins playing three solid games in a row and handing our a** on a plate!
Like someone said though, it was all part of a contest that has raised a lot of money for a great cause.