Beginning this week, an eBay auction will be running, with the proceeds going to the “Rally for Recovery“, a charity to benefit former MLBer Ricky Stone, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor this past August.
Stone — a friend of Nelson Figueroa — pitched out of the bullpen for the Astros, Padres, and Reds from 2001-2005, retired for a year, then started a comeback in 2007. He got into 5 games with the Reds in ’07, was to pitch in Taiwan in ’08, but tore his hamstring after two months in the country, ending his season. Upon returning to the US, he was planning to give pitching lessons, but was struck with a seizure and diagnosed with a brain tumor. Most of the tumor was removed, but it was identified as anaplastic oligodendroglioma — which is both rare and malignant. As a result, Stone will require chemotheraphy.
Further, Stone has a wife and two young children — and no insurance. The seizure occurred just before his wife Tracey was to begin a teaching job that would have provided health insurance. You can read the full story of the Stones here.
The eBay auction consists mainly of memorabilia — items such as game-worn jerseys, signed baseballs, etc. All of the items have been authenticated by Herman Darvick, who is an authenticity expert, a close friend of the Nelson Figueroa family, and an occasional commenter on MetsToday. Some of you may remember “HDarvick” educating us on Figgy’s international success after I made a snarky joke in regard to Nelson’s invitation to spring training. In the end, it was Darvick who got the last laugh, and me eating humble pie.
Anyway, the auction is slated to begin tonight (Sunday, 11/23). Items will be listed in random order for two hours beginning at 9:00 pm EST tonight, with the last item being posted at 11:00 pm EST. The auction will end in 7 days on Sunday night, November 30th, 9:00 to 11:00 pm EST. Beginning at 9:00 pm, go here to bid.
You don’t have to bid on anything to help the Stones — click here for information on making a straight donation.
This week is about giving thanks, right? Well one way to give thanks is to actually give. So give the auction a gander and consider helping out a family in need.