Whose Ball Is It?
Kevin Salwen on Culture
Interesting debate going on around Boston, where Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is holding tight to the ball used in the final out of the final game of the team's first World Series championship since 1918. Needless to say, that ball is a big deal to long-suffering Sox fans and the team -- and is worth a heckuva lot of money. (The ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th home run went for $3 million.)
The Sox want the ball: 'We want it to be part of Red Sox archives or museums so it can be shared with the fans,' Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told The Boston Globe on Thursday. 'We would hope he would understand the historical nature of it.'
But so does Mientkiewicz: 'I know this ball has a lot of sentimental value,' he said. 'I hope I don't have to use it for the money.... But I can be bought. I'm thinking, there's four years at Florida State for one of my kids. At least.'
I can't say Mientkiewicz is helping his public cause much by referring to the ball as 'my retirement fund.' But, in reality, who owns this? Does it fit into any of the standards of business law?