Every baseball fan knows you can't steal first base. Instead, the Lowell Spinners bought it.
The Spinners, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox have bought the famous first base bag from game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. You may remember that game, and its moment of infamy when Alex Rodriguez was called for interference on his way to first base after slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove. ARod couldn't believe it, and neither could Red Sox fans, who saw their team extinguish their 86-year championship curse.
The team paid an undisclosed sum for the base, although they acknowledge that the investment was "significant." They also plan on using their investment during the upcoming New York-Penn league.
"The slap was a defining moment of the ALCS," Spinners general manager Tim Bawmann said Tuesday. "It's a privilege for the Lowell Spinners to present this piece of Red Sox history to our fans as an interactive exhibit during Spinners games."The Spinners are not strangers to fun and games. The team has sold out every single game since August 2, 1999 largely due to fun and inventive promotions. Past promotions have included Jack Kerouac bobble head night, and the upcoming season will feature the David Eckstein World Series MVP stepstool giveaway. They've also donated equipment to local youth leagues that change their team names to the Spinners rather than the Yankees.
The Lowell Spinners - just another example of the great inventive nature of minor league baseball.