Buzz: Player’s stitches net $6,500

A few weeks ago we brought to your attention
a
strange online auction
for Andrew Shaw’s stitches from Game 6
of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Well, the bids are in, and the stitches have a new owner who is
no stranger to ponying up for odd Chicago sports artifacts.

Sunday night, the auction’s
official Facebook page announced that Grant
DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray Restaurant Group, made the $6,500
winning bid in the eBay auction. All of the proceeds will go to The
Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

It is just the latest odd collectible purchased by DePorter, who
made news in 2003 when he paid $113,824.16 for the infamous
“Bartman Ball” from the 2003 NLCS, then blew it up on
live television:

DePorter, in the past, has also paid $8,962.50 for the ball used
in the last out of the 1945 World Series, when the Cubs lost to the
Detroit Tigers, and $16,567 for Sammy Sosa’s corked bat.

He has also purchased a ball from Kerry Wood’s
20-strikeout game, a Paul Konerko grand slam ball and Orlando
Palmeiro’s “last out bat” from the White Sox’s 2005 World
Series win, and the batting gloves Starlin Castro wore in his
six-RBI MLB debut.

After the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup win, DePorter spent
months trying to find the puck used for Patrick Kane’s
series-winning overtime goal in Game 6, and offered a $50,000
reward. He didn’t end up getting that piece of Blackhawks
memorabilia — it was eventually tracked down but not for sale
— so he made it a point not to lose this one.

“A lot of people thought i would go after Andrew Shaw’s Stitches
and they were right,” DePorter wrote on Facebook Sunday night,
via DNAInfo. “The Ebay Auction just ended and
I won.

“I spent 8 months going after the 2010 Stanley Cup missing puck
but could not get it in the end. I could not let this pass by too.
In the end the stitches went for $6,500. I will put them at Harry
Caray’s at Navy Pier when they arrive. The money went to a great
cause the V Foundation.”

Generally speaking, it would be hard to justify dropping $6,500
on some used stitches, but in this case, that’s a pretty cool
way to spend some dough.

Now, for some links:

• Jason Collins introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
before their “Same Love” performance at the
Video Music Awards.

• The Chicago White Sox
honored Bo Jackson for his civil rights
work.

• Meanwhile, the White Sox bench coach was
ejected
while bringing out the lineup card
:

• And that came just two days after White Sox pitcher
Chris Sale assaulted an innocent water cooler (
gif via NESN):

• Polocrosse: When
polo meets lacrosse.

• Langston, Okla., is
a long way from USC for former Trojans AD Mike
Garrett.

• This ball guy gets an A for effort:

• Joe Flacco
bought a house from his former center, Matt
Birk.

• A cab driver is accusing former Tennessee Titan Keith
Bulluck of
robbing him of $100. Bulluck called it a
“misunderstanding.”

• Orange you glad you picked a different outfit for
Sunday’s final round at the Barclays?:

• The step-grandfather of Bills RB C.J. Spiller
went on a shooting spree, then killed
himself.

• UNLV basketball player
faces two felony charges, is done for the
season.


Via @CorkGaines, here’s Alfonso Soriano
celebrating a home run that was actually a flyout:


Here’s a look at the life and times of Clint
Dempsey.

• A scary hit in a nationally televised game led to
a prep football star being airlifted to the
hospital
with a concussion.

• The Bryan brothers are
reaching historic status with their doubles
tennis dominance.

• Bret Bielema’s wife wearing a pig nose? Bret
Bielema’s wife wearing a pig nose:

• A group of
naked bike riders in Philly have nothing to
hide.

• Father and son
catch two bull sharks near Maryland state
park.

• Yes, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are still
together:

• Blake Griffin
returned to campus to play in an Oklahoma
alumni game.

• The New Jersey Devils’ financial situation was
hairier than most realized.

• Evgeni Malkin “fought” a 7-year-old at a
Russian charity hockey game:

• Dwyane Wade won’t be
getting involved in free-agent recruitment
this offseason.

• Denard Span’s mom gave him some hitting advice, and when
he used it
he hit a home run.