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Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Be a professional baseball player for a day

You can bid for an opportunity to play for the River City Rascals on ebay (h/t volokh).

This appears legit, as the auction is announced on the the Rascals' webpage:
O’Fallon, M0- To add to the plethora of items you can purchase on eBay, including cars, islands, and a wad of gum chewed by Britney Spears, the River City Rascals have placed a listing for one lucky winner to become a professional baseball player for a day.

The Rascals, the professional independent minor league baseball club located in O’Fallon, Missouri, began play in the Frontier League in 1999. The proceeds from this auction will benefit United Way, a charity with which the team works throughout the year.

The highest bidder in this auction will get the opportunity to be a River City Rascal baseball player for a day. He or she will star in the Rascals’ sole home preseason game on Friday May 20, 2005, when the club takes on the Gateway Grizzlies. The game begins at 7:05 PM at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, which is located approximately 35 miles West of Downtown St. Louis.

The winner will receive the following: a minimum of one at bat, guaranteed to play half an inning in the outfield, a one-day professional contract, and 20 tickets for family and friends.

The winner of this unique auction will be furnished with a jersey, hat, pants, and socks. He or she must provide a glove, shoes, transportation, meals, and housing, as well as sign an injury waiver. The winner must also be at least 18 years of age.

The Rascals opened their auction last night at $999, and received a bid almost immediately. This eBay item, numbered at 6528846325, will end May 8, 2005 at 18:02:12 PDT. The Rascals accept PayPal, personal check, or money order/Cashiers check. Payment is due 5 days after the auction ends.

In the event the game is rained out before the winner gets to play, he or she will play with the Rascals when they match up against the Grizzlies again on Saturday May 21, 2005 at GMC Stadium in Sauget, Illinois.

For more information please contact Allen Gossett, Assistant General Manager of the Rascals, at 636.240.2287x225. The Rascals 2005 Season commences on Saturday May 28, 2005. For ticket information please call 636.240.BATS (2287) or visit www.rivercityrascals.com.
On a quasi-related note: how about the end to that Bulls-Wizards game? It's May Madness!


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