Saturday, May 4, 2013

Reds auction off bloody sock worn by Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija

A baseball stained with the blood of Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was auctioned off by the Reds via their official team website Friday morning. The winning bid checked in at $130.01.

The infamous ball was used on April 24 at Great American Ball Park in a 1-0 Reds victory. The ball became bloody after Samardzija cut his hand reaching for a high-hopper over the mound off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning. Samardzija would stay in the game and pitch all the way through the sixth inning.

"It's pretty exciting. I remember looking at that ball, wondering what was going to happen to it," Samardzija said Friday. "I was hoping the umpires didn't see it. I don't know, it's pretty interesting. Somebody who gets it has to be a pretty intense fan. That's for sure."

Samardzija seemed proud of playing through the injury despite the bleeding.

"There's very rare times in sports that you can show you can play through different things," Samardzija said. "Sometimes freak injuries are the best way to do it, to show how you feel about playing this game and playing for your team. I wasn't going to come out of that game. I'm just excited they let me stay in and keep playing."

You may remember another bloodied baseball item being auctioned off recently. In February, the bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series sold for nearly $93,000 in an auction.


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