Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baseball To Help Out A Former Colleague

Ricky Stone pitched for three teams during his six year Major League Career (Astros 01 – 04, Padres 04, and Reds 05, 07).

Stone suffered a Grand Mal seizure, which he later found out was brain cancer. He has exhausted his finances, and is in need of help.

The brotherhood of Major League Baseball, the players themselves, are 'pitching' in to help. Such collectibles as the warm up ball Johan Santana used before pitching his three hit shutout in game 161 last September, autographed spikes worn by David Wright and Jose Reyes, jerseys signed by Ryan Howard, Andy Pettitte, Ichiro and Miguel Tejada, caps signed by Jeff Kent, Mike Mussina, Jorge Posada and Joba Chamberlain; bobbleheads signed by Oswalt and Adrian Beltre and dozens of single signed baseballs, and more. The proceeds will go to help Stone and his family.

The Mets own Nelson Figueroa, his wife Alisa and Erin Pote, wife of Lions (Taiwan League) pitcher Lou Pote, founded Rally for Recovery to raise funds for the Stone family.

These auction items will be available on e-Bay under "Recovery for Baseball Auction" in random order from 8-10 p.m. CST beginning Sunday. The auction will end Nov. 30.

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