Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Someone is selling a pair of Bubba's game-used pants on eBay:
They are being auctioned to benefit a scholarship set up in memory of Gary Stymiloski, a New York police officer who died in the line of duty.
It was a very sad and rather bizarre case. Mr. Stymiloski was murdered by a serial killer. And not your everyday killer, but a Hannibal Lector-type serial killer. When they caught Alex Mengel, they found a woman's scalp in his car. He had worn it as a wig, put lipstick on, and tried to abduct a little girl. When they found the woman's remains, they discovered that that skin of her face had been cut off, as well as her scalp. Kind of makes you wonder if he tried to wear his victim's face, as well as her hair.
As if that wasn't weird enough, Mengel was killed before he could stand trial. He was shot by a state trooper during an escape attempt.
The pants are road grays from 2006 (so they're probably long pants). Kind of an odd item. Uniform pants aren't very popular among collectors. I think the usual buyers are the baseball card companies, who cut them up and include them in those special cards that have pieces of the player's uniform on them. But it's for a worthy cause, so hopefully someone will put a bid in.
And if anyone's wondering how that auction for Bubba's Reds jersey went...there were six bids, and the final price was $99.63 (plus $9 shipping). I'm kind of surprised it went for that much, seeing as Bubba never actually played for the Reds except in spring training.
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