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The Reds auction off Jeff Samardzija’s bloody ball

May 4, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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This is kinda weird: on April 24, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija cut his hand reaching for a comebacker. He stayed in the game, bloody hand and all, and his blood got all over some baseballs. One in particular was just auctioned off by the Reds. They got $130 for it.

But wait! There’s also a cheating angle to all of this! Samardzija speaks:

“There was one that had the most intense amount of blood on it for sure because it lasted about five or six pitches,” Samardzija said. “I had more opportunity to get a little bit more action on it. I think that was the one if they kept it. I don’t know how they got it, but it’s pretty crazy.”

Does the “more action” mean that he was inadvertently doctoring the ball? WAS HE THROWING A BLOOD BALL?! DOES DIRK HAYHURST KNOW ABOUT THIS?!

  1. cocheese000 - May 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Why are there snow flake images besides the comments now

    • Gobias Industries - May 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Because we’re all Craig’s lil’ snowflakes.

      • cocheese000 - May 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Those images are creeping me out

      • cur68 - May 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I’ve…I’ve never been called a “snowflake” before…I this a good thing or a bad thing, this “snowflake” business?

      • nbjays - May 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        How ’bout just a flake, Cur? :-)

      • indaburg - May 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Awwwwwww…

    • DonRSD - May 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      LOL

    • jwbiii - May 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      They’re supposed to turn into a place to put an avatar. Not the cute really tall smurf, although I suppose you could find a picture of her and use it.

      • historiophiliac - May 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Seriously? The pic on the notifications isn’t enough? I’m anti-comment flake, for the record. You can do too much with social media.

      • indaburg - May 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Yeah, I don’t like the idea of my mug appearing next to the comment. Overkill.

  2. Old Gator - May 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Good for the Reds. They seized the opportunity; the Dodgers missed their chance to auction off a vial of Steve Garvey’s semen before it went teratogenic.

    • cur68 - May 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      You get someone nerdy and argumentative enough and they’ll say that ALL semen has potential as a teratogen. Anyhow, Steve Garvey’s Seed is as nothing compared to the scourge of Bieber Fever. I’ve seen that shit transform otherwise intelligent and well behaved young ladies into screaming banshees with a glowing red eyes and claws. Don’t get near one of them. Kill ya’, mang.

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        All Bieber does is weed out morons.

      • nbjays - May 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Cur, back in the day that particular affliction was known as “Beatlemania”. Just sayin’…

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Joba Chamberlain bought it.

    He’s going to try and use the DNA to grow a marginally-less-molestory mustache.

  4. goirishgo - May 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Pretty funny headline. Poor guy had a bloody ball AND it somehow got sold at auction.

  5. hughejorgan - May 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Why didn’t Lance Armstrong think of this?

  6. chaseutley - May 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Is it just me, or does Samardzija kind of look like a young Jesse “The Body” Ventura in this picture?

  7. indaburg - May 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Forget the bloody ball. I want a lock of that mullet for my shrine. That’s some powerful hair.

  8. 13arod - May 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    i have this guys autograph nice guy

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