Throughout the season, CBS Sports MLB experts will host a weekly Batting Around roundtable for you, in which almost everything is sorted out. Breaking news, historical issue, thoughts on the future of baseball and all that.. Now we are going to make out what we would do with a baseball.
If you were to catch 62nd homer Aaron Judge, what would you want in exchange for getting the ball back?
Matt Snyder: Cold, hard money.
I don’t have a problem with people who want memorabilia and sometimes they are nice to look at. I just feel like if I had something like this somewhere in the house, it would be fun the first few times, but after that I would think about bar or deck improvements that could be made instead. Give me money and material things. For people who laugh at this and say that life experience is more important, if I caught the ball, I already had that life experience! It can’t be taken away, and I don’t need to see the ball to remember it.
R.J. Anderson: One day contract for next spring training. Basically I’m joking – I’d accept their offer in cash or a signed bat or t-shirt – but this is the franchise that once allowed Billy Crystal to dress for them; if he can take the bat in an exhibition game, why can’t I? Of course, I would make a fool of myself, but for me this is the norm. At the very least, it will be accompanied by an unrivaled experience.
Dane Perry: As a modern gentleman, I find cash annoying, so I will insist on a substantial direct transfer to my checking account. As soon as I see that the agreed number appears, then I will flip the stupid ball. Considering this is a major US sports franchise, I expect the Yankees will try to convince me to accept crypto as payment, but I will not agree to such terms. I would set the ball on fire in front of them before I accepted the signed bat or something.
Mike Axisa: I’m not a fan of memorabilia, and meet and greet means nothing to me. The guy who caught Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit received luxury tickets for the remainder of the season and postseason, three signed bats and three signed balls, and two signed jerseys. Give me the money’s worth of this and we can consider the job done. I wish Judge had the baseball, but I have the baseball, so I have leverage and I don’t negotiate with Judge. I’m negotiating with the Yankees. Whatever they gave me for the ball is a drop in the ocean. Do you know how expensive it is to go to games now? I won’t feel guilty about holding the ball until I get what I think is fair value.