The Gold Balls Used At This Year’s Home Run Derby Will Contain Actual Gold
A relatively new home run derby tradition is that when batters are down to their final out, a special "gold ball" is used, and for each home run hit with this ball, a certain amount is donated to charity. Well, that apparently wasn't enough: this year, the gold balls will feature actual, 24-karat gold leather.
MLB is touting the balls, which have an MSRP of $149.99 each, as "a particularly valuable keepsake" in the case of any spectator who happens to catch one of these things at the Derby itself. We suppose that's true, although we agree with Big League Stew's Kevin Kaduk that it's a good thing MLB isn't embroiled in any kind of labor battle like its football and basketball counterparts: a flourish like this would make it tough to argue that the league's going under financially.
Kaduk also imagines the idea came from a Goldmember-inspired Bud Selig fantasy. Personally, we like to think of it as a tribute to notorious gold-lover Glenn Beck's recently-ended Fox News program. Whatever the inspiration, we just hope Mr. Krabs won't be among the spectators fighting for one of these balls:
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