Buzz: Player’s stitches net $6,500

A few weeks ago we brought to your attention

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/chicago-blackhawks-andrew-shaw-auctioning-stanley-cup-stitches-for-charity-080613">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

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,

href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130825/river-north/andrew-shaws-stitches-bought-at-auction-by-harry-carays-grant-deporter"

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

href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/08/26/mtv-vmas-jason-collins-introduces-macklemore-and-ryan-lewis/"

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

Video Music Awards.

• The Chicago White Sox

href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/22138856-419/bo-jackson-honored-for-civil-rights-work-before-sox-victory-vs-rangers.html"

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

work.

• Meanwhile, the White Sox bench coach was

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Chicago-White-Sox-coach-ejected-during-pregame-meeting-at-home-plate-082513">ejected

while bringing out the lineup card:

• And that came just two days after White Sox pitcher

Chris Sale assaulted an innocent water cooler (

href="http://nesn.com/2013/08/chris-sale-aggressively-strikes-cooler-in-dugout-after-rough-outing-friday-night-against-rangers-gif/"

target="_blank">gif via NESN):

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width="560" />

• Polocrosse: When

href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-outdoors-polocrosse-0825-20130824,0,5119789.story"

target="_blank">polo meets lacrosse.

• Langston, Okla., is

href="http://newsok.com/mike-garrett-has-big-plans-for-langston-football/article/3875761"

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

Garrett.

• This ball guy gets an A for effort:

• Joe Flacco

href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-baltimore-ravens-quarterback-joe-flacco-buys-house-from-his-former-center-matt-birk-20130823,0,7560330.story"

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

Birk.

• A cab driver is accusing former Tennessee Titan Keith

Bulluck of

href="http://www.wkrn.com/story/23249169/former-titan-keith-bulluck-arrested"

target="_blank">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

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

himself.

• UNLV basketball player

href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/unlv-rebels/basketball/unlv-forward-goodman-faces-two-felony-charges-wont-play-season"

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

season.

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

celebrating a home run that was actually a flyout:

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width="560" />

href="http://seattletimes.com/html/sounders/2021683347_sounders25xml.html"

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

Dempsey.

• A scary hit in a nationally televised game led to

href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/football/os-hs-apopka-duncan-byrnes-0825-20130824,0,7865078.story"

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

hospital with a concussion.

• The Bryan brothers are

href="http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/08/24/5105890/the-historic-bryans.html"

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

href="http://www.philly.com/philly/living/The_Naked_Bike_Ride_makes_me_feel_uncomfortable.html"

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

hide.

• Father and son

href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-outdoors-rail-bull-shark-fishing-0825-20130824,0,2481902.story"

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

park.

• Yes, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are still

together:

• Blake Griffin

href="http://newsok.com/blake-griffin-shines-in-alumni-game/article/3875760"

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

alumni game.

• The New Jersey Devils’ financial situation was

href="http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2013/08/angry_contractors_file_suits_against_indebted_devils_before_teams_320m_sale.html#incart_river_default"

target="_blank">hairier than most realized.

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

Russian charity hockey game:

• Dwyane Wade won’t be

href="http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/25/dwyane-wade-says-he-removed-himself-from-heats-free-agent-recruitment-this-offseason/"

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

this offseason.

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

he used it

href="https://twitter.com/AdamKilgoreWP/statuses/371747942329118722"

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