Topps wasn’t able to produce a card of the Roughned Odor punch to the face of Jose Bautista, but Major League Baseball has no such problem with a charity auction featuring items from a recent managerial meltdown.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has turned two items from his profanity-laced tirade and ejection over to MLB Auctions which is selling them on its website. The hoodie he used to cover home plate and the game-worn cap he tossed while storming off the field are both up for auction through Wednesday, May 25.
Ausmus wore the items for the first 3 1/2 innings of the Tigers vs Twins game on Monday in Detroit, but in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ausmus took issue with a strike call against Nick Castellanos. He was quickly ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings while spewing a few choice words in the direction of the umpire. Ausmus, a former catcher, then kicked dirt on the inside part of the plate, pulled off the hoodie he had been wearing all night and used it to cover the plate. He then left the field to a huge ovation from Comerica Park fans as he tossed the cap.
According to the auction page, “a clubhouse attendant collected the items from the field and returned them to the Manager’s office.”
Ausmus turned the items over to the Detroit Tigers Foundation with the goal of raising money for youth baseball in Detroit.
Proceeds from the winning bid will go to the Tiny Tigers t-ball program funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation. The Tigers say neither item has been washed since the May 16 game and both items show dirt consistent with being placed or tossed on the field. Both items feature the #7, as seen in the photos.
As of Wednesday, the current high bid was $310.