Victorino’s ALCS grand slam ball to be auctioned
The ball hit for a grand slam by Shane Victorino to put the Boston Red Sox ahead to stay in their victory in sixth and final game of this year’s American League Championship Series has been put up for auction by the fan who retrieved it.
Nick Wood, a 23-year-old University of Rhode Island student from Westborough, Mass., will sell the ball through California-based SCP Auctions.
With the Red Sox trailing in the seventh inning of their Oct. 19 game against the Detroit Tigers, Victorino, a
St. Anthony High School graduate, hit a bases-loaded drive over Fenway Park’s Green Monster, and Boston went on to win 5-2.
In a release from the auction house, Wood described the scene in the stands: “We were just jumping up and down and I heard this security guard screaming at us, saying, ‘Ball, ball, ball!’ And I looked down and it was literally rolling in between our feet. I grabbed it and after that it was just mayhem. I’m just overwhelmed by it, I guess, because everywhere I go, people are asking to talk to me but it’s really cool.”
The bidding is to be conducted Nov. 20-Dec. 7 at scpauctions.com.