Now that the figurative confetti after A-Rod's 500th homer has been swept away, the anticipation deflated, and the business of baseball in the Bronx continues, a whole new angle to the story has emerged: What happens to the ball?
Walter (Sonny) Kowalczyk, a graduate student from Trenton, was hiding out yesterday with his family as he tried to figure out what to do with the historic piece of cowhide that could be worth more than $100,000.The guy who caught the most famous ball in New York since the one that found it's way between Bill Buckner's legs, is learning a whole new brand of hardball. It seems the Yankees are lowballing him, but the guy is holding fast. Kowalczyk hasn't named his price and the Yankees haven't made known what their willing to give up. Though they have a huge organizational advantage, Kowalczyk is nobody's fool:
He is now a graduate labor relations student at Rutgers, and wants to go to law school next year.I hope they can come to some amicable agreement. The last thing the team needs is a circus complete with lawyers and deuling press releases. The value of the ball is estimated up to 100K. He could hold out and sell it on the open market, but it's probably best to sell now. I would probably make a deal with the Yanks for cash and free season tickets behind home plate. Selling those games alone could make up the difference. What would be your price?