Now ESPN reports that he's has picked up another intriguing piece of sports history. Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger decided to auction off the broken barrel of the corked bat used by Sammy Sosa when playing against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003. When the bat broke it exposed the cork and Sosa was ejected from the game and later suspended.
Before the auction Remlinger had put a secret reserve on the bat that was not met by the October 31 deadline. DePorter, who had the highest bid, bought the bat after the auction. Remlinger said that DePorter agreed to pay the highest bid at $14,407 plus roughly $2,000 in commission to Schulte Auctions. Remlinger had hoped to make $15,000 from the bat.
The ESPN story documents a bit of the behind-the-scenes drama. Apparently Sosa wasn't too happy that Remlinger had the bat and wanted to sell it, a spokeswoman for Sosa passed on word to the Chicago Tribune that if Remlinger needed money he just should have asked Sosa. On "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000, Remlinger said in part, "it really doesn't matter to me. What's done is done. If he still wants to give me some money that would be fine."
DePorter seems to be a bit obsessed with the Cubs curse, he used the secret bidder name of Charles Murphy, the name of the Cubs owner in 1908, the last time the Cubs won the World Series.