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Own the Shea Stadium Wrecking Ball!

Like all fans would be, supporters of the Mets were understandably torn apart by the demise of Shea Stadium last season. On the one hand, it was an old, unspeakably dingy stadium. On the other, that was a big part of exactly what made it uniquely egalitarian and, in its own special way, attractive.

None of that made its demolition less severe, with explosives and traditional bludgeoning-style destruction via wrecking ball less inevitable. Well, in a strange, strange twist, you can now own the ball that knocked down Shea, provided you win an ongoing bidding contest on eBay which starts at a whopping $35,000.


That's right, folks. For 35,000 clams, none of which can be paid via direct credit card transaction (the seller only offers PayPal), you can own the gigantic wrecking ball that knocked down the remnants of Shea Stadium. And the instrument of civic destruction has even been dressed up for its big day, taking on a fresh new coat of rawhide-themed paint with the slapdash title of "Shea Stadium Wrecking Ball ... 2008 Season" scrawled across its front.

It's also worth noting two important considerations on the listing:

  1. The seller, breeze6973, offers free shipping, and

  2. breeze6973 does not accept returns. So don't bid while drunk.

Sure, it's obtuse, but New York baseball fans are rabid enough to buy it. In fact, I'm willing to guarantee someone places a bid. After all, if some New Yorker doesn't snap it up, you know Chipper Jones will ...

By Cameron Smith  |  June 11, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Mets  | Tags: Mets, eBay, new stadiums  
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