Up for bids: View game from a box with Cal

October 10, 2002|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Cal Ripken is auctioning off a night in his skybox at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium, home of the IronBirds, on eBay.

Proceeds from the auction - one of the "sports experiences" offered at www.ebay.com/sports experiences - will be donated to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Other charity fund-raiser experiences include the chance to shoot hoops with Magic Johnson, play a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus, go fishing with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, play video games with master gamer Johnathan "Fatality" Wendell and take a lesson in the ring from boxing great Joe Frazier.

The offerings are designed to draw attention to www.ebay sports.com, the online auction site's new sports-themed portal that went into service last week. The service centralizes auctions for sports tickets, memorabilia and other merchandise.

The winning bidder for the Ripken package can bring up to 20 friends to an IronBirds game on a date between June 20 and July 31, 2003. The retired Oriole, who owns the New York-Penn League team, will join them in his skybox. "You'll have great food, an unbeatable view of the game, and a chance to trade baseball stories with a future Hall of Famer," the listing says.

Bidding began at $1,000 and by Wednesday had reached $3,300. The auction will end tomorrow at 9:12 a.m. local time.

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