Buzz: Player’s stitches net $6,500

A few weeks ago we brought to your attention


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

target="_blank">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,


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">before their “Same Love” performance at the

Video Music Awards.

• The Chicago White Sox


target="_blank">honored Bo Jackson for his civil rights


• Meanwhile, the White Sox bench coach was


while bringing out the lineup card:

• And that came just two days after White Sox pitcher

Chris Sale assaulted an innocent water cooler (


target="_blank">gif via NESN):


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• Polocrosse: When


target="_blank">polo meets lacrosse.

• Langston, Okla., is


target="_blank">a long way from USC for former Trojans AD Mike


• This ball guy gets an A for effort:

• Joe Flacco


target="_blank">bought a house from his former center, Matt


• A cab driver is accusing former Tennessee Titan Keith

Bulluck of


target="_blank">robbing him of $100. Bulluck called it a


• 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

target="_blank">went on a shooting spree, then killed


• UNLV basketball player


target="_blank">faces two felony charges, is done for the


target="_blank">Via @CorkGaines, here’s Alfonso Soriano

celebrating a home run that was actually a flyout:


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target="_blank">Here’s a look at the life and times of Clint


• A scary hit in a nationally televised game led to


target="_blank">a prep football star being airlifted to the

hospital with a concussion.

• The Bryan brothers are


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">naked bike riders in Philly have nothing to


• Father and son


target="_blank">catch two bull sharks near Maryland state


• Yes, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are still


• Blake Griffin


target="_blank">returned to campus to play in an Oklahoma

alumni game.

• The New Jersey Devils’ financial situation was


target="_blank">hairier than most realized.

• Evgeni Malkin “fought” a 7-year-old at a

Russian charity hockey game:

• Dwyane Wade won’t be


target="_blank">getting involved in free-agent recruitment

this offseason.

• Denard Span’s mom gave him some hitting advice, and when

he used it


target="_blank">he hit a home run.