An auction house is selling a memento from one of the most heated exchanges in World Series history. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling a shard of the broken bat that New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw back at New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series. The auction house says the barrel of the bat was consigned by Jeff Mangold, who was the Yankees' strength and conditioning coach from 1984-88 and 1998-2006. Mangold took the bat piece after the game that night.
"I've had this for 13 years," Mangold said. "It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it."It's a cool artifact to be sure. It comes with an equally cool price, however, with bidding expected to reach over $10,000 during the final auction event on February 22.
In case anyone has forgotten where the bat came from: