Miguel Cabrera stands just one more home run away from 500 for his career and the Detroit Tigers are hoping they’ll get the ball back if it’s caught by a fan in the stands.
Tigers Authentics, the team’s memorabilia arm, has been procuring and selling some of Cabrera’s game-used gear as part of a partnership deal with its veteran player, who’s a lock for the Hall of Fame.
The Tigers begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday. They’ve already announced they’re willing to offer safe passage to the fan who can watch the rest of the game while waiting for a postgame meet and greet with Cabrera. The team is also pledging to hand over some autographed and game-used memorabilia and maybe some tickets but they’re not going to pay anyone to get the ball back, so it’ll be up to the fan whether to return it or keep it in hopes of selling it.
“We’ve never done that before, we don’t want to set the precedent here,” Tigers director of authentics and alumni relations Jordan Field told 97.1 The Ticket. “(There is) certainly great value in the baseball and we will authenticate it one way or the other, but the goal would be to arrange a private meet-and-greet and to arrange a trade so that hopefully it ends up in Miguel’s personal collection. But there’s no plan to offer any type of (monetary) payment for it.”
Fans have been snapping up bleacher seats in hopes of being in the right place at the right time.
Cabrera is also on pace to garner 3,000 hits before his career is over and the memorabilia deal with the team is part of an effort to commemorate both milestones.
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