The grand slam home run ball hit by Shane Victorino last week to push the Red Sox into the World Series will be a part of SCP Auctions’ fall auction beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Nick Wood, a 23-year old University of Rhode Island student and lifelong Red Sox fan from Westborough, Mass., has consigned the ball to auction after it landed at his feet in the stands at Fenway Park. Victorino’s slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday in the American League Championship Series.
SCP Auctions believes the ball could sell for $50,000-$100,000, especially if the Red Sox go on to win the World Series.
“As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I’m glad to be part of such a historic moment,” said Wood. “As much of a fan as I am, I’m not really a memorabilia collector. This auction will hopefully allow a collector or maybe even a museum to preserve and display the ball for years to come.”
With the Red Sox down 2-1 in the seventh inning, Boston loaded the bases on a double, a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Victorino slammed an 0-2 pitch from Tigers’ pitcher Jose Veras over the Green Monster and sent the throng at Fenway Park into a frenzy.
“We were just jumping up and down and I heard this security guard screaming at us, saying, ‘Ball, ball, ball!’ And I looked down and it was literally rolling in between our feet,” Wood told a local TV station. “I grabbed it and after that it was just mayhem,” said Wood. “I’m just overwhelmed by it, I guess, because everywhere I go, people are asking to talk to me but it’s really cool.”
“We are honored that Nick has chosen SCP Auctions to conduct the auction of his Shane Victorino grand slam baseball,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler. “We’re sure this will stand the test of time as one of the most iconic moments in Red Sox history and rank among the greatest post-season home runs in baseball history.”
Bidding will be open to registered bidders on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and conclude on Saturday, Dec. 7. The auction will be conducted online at SCPAuctions.com. For more information on how to participate, visit www.scpauctions.com or call (949) 831-3700.
Victorino’s grand slam has also resulted in a number of other items hitting the open market including ticket stubs and photos. More than 240 have been listed on eBay.