I came across a most unusual item on eBay this past weekend -- a game-used bat, with "OJ is guilty" written on the knob. The item description claims that Jeffy had Atlanta batboys write expressions on the knobs of his gamer bats so he could discern them from his batting practice bats. Other such expressions were "When in Rome" and "Michael Bolton" (sounds like the batboys had a sense of humor). It's the perfect gift for a Frenchyphile and inspired me to look around eBay for some more Mets-related holiday gifts. Here are a few, with suggestions of the type of fan that might appreciate the gift.
For the masochistic Met fan
Yes, that's Game 162, the Glavotage game. Bids start at just $175. I do give credit to the seller, who states that destroying the ball is a viable option for the auction winner.
For "The Todd", assuming he is a Met fan
Because nothing says "medical expertise" like "".
For the aspiring beat writer
This one was issued to Thomas McShane. Any relation, Chris McShane?
For Alex Nelson
D.J. is the 31st greatest Met of all-time and the only man to play for both the Detroit Lions and the Mets. Alex is perhaps the world's only Lions/Mets fan, so here are a couple $2.00 trading cards to make up for years of disappointment.
For the college-age Met fan
Only for those 21 and older. And be sure to pour alcoholic beverages into cups in the Citi Field parking lot. Drink responsibly.
For members of The Cult Of Backman
"Wally: Play Me" is the headline. Not quite as snappy as "Ford To City: Drop Dead", but it'll do.
For Eric Simon
Better than wallpaper.
For the Met fan who wants to disappoint his grandma at his wedding
I've always found the whole wedding garter thing a bit sleazy.
For the Met fan nostalgic for Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Kaz Matsui,
Art Howe: first MLB manager of bothand .
For Sam Page
The gift that keeps on giving.
For the Met fan drinking the Alderson Kool-Aid
Screw it, it's mine. I'm not a memorabilia collector by any means but this is just a cool item for reasonable cost.
For the Met fan who loves 1986
Quality 1980s merchandise.
For the Met fan who saw his/her team play at the Polo Grounds