FanDuel - WFBC

March 21, 2007

Somebody's getting all up in Manny's grill.: Bidding for Manny Ramirez's JENN-AIR (retail value: $4,000) is up around $20K. The grill has been used once, but as Manny says in the ad, "I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road." Can we expect the "purchase-use once-sell at an inflated price" model one we can expect to be expanded upon in the near future? Is eBay on the verge of becoming an endorsement-compensation-alternative for high profile athletes? And what impact might these straight-from-source transactions have on the memorabilia trade, if any?

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to culture at 08:10 AM - 25 comments

Gah! Should say, "IS the 'purchase-use once-sell at an inflated price' model one we can expect to be expanded upon in the near future?" No more coffee before the first cup of posting. Update: the bidding is up to $99,999,999. This could be a huge winfall for Manny. Or, this story is not really a story about anything. Sorry.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 08:12 AM on March 21

99million. Wow, that's a good deal.

posted by jerseygirl at 08:40 AM on March 21

A couple of things I've read on Baseball Think Factory about this story: 1) The grill isn't actually Manny's, but his neighbours'. He posed for the photo and put his name on the auction to help him out. 2) When the bidding goes insane (like it has now with the "all-9s" bid), it's usually a sign of some kids just playing and usually results in the auction being pulled.

posted by grum@work at 08:51 AM on March 21

If it's actually Manny's grill, don't expect it to be able to grill burgers for your All-Star game get together. And if it does other wierd things, it's just "bein' the grill".

posted by mjkredliner at 09:09 AM on March 21

I've got an old grill I'll sell for a hell of a lot less, and I'll even throw in a autographed Jack Clark baseball!

posted by dyams at 09:43 AM on March 21

This whole story is kind of funny if he's just trying to help a friendly neighbor that's cool if not why doesn't he just give it away he doesn't need the money

posted by luther70 at 12:59 PM on March 21

why doesn't he just give it away he doesn't need the money Why give something away when you have suckers willing to shell out 10 times it's price for the thing?

posted by dyams at 01:09 PM on March 21

This whole story is kind of funny if he's just trying to help a friendly neighbor that's cool if not why doesn't he just give it away he doesn't need the money Do you have any idea how much money the poor man goes through in hair care products alone? Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no...sense...of...decency? I weep for Manny; His grill lies dormant, alone While fools bid wildly. I take full responsibility for any haiku frenzies this causes. I'm good that way.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:43 PM on March 21

ebay has opted To end the auction process I'll out haiku you

posted by jerseygirl at 06:19 PM on March 21

Any Kielbasa Would taste fantastic no doubt from this Bo Sox grill

posted by hawkguy at 06:28 PM on March 21

Manny on the grill. If you catch your dreads on fire, Black Hand buys you wig.

posted by SummersEve at 06:55 PM on March 21

How long 'til we see Barry's oversized hat and Syringe up for bid?

posted by thatweirdguy2 at 02:56 AM on March 22

Someday I'll learn that Fire is two syllables not one like above.

posted by SummersEve at 06:24 AM on March 22

He with name of douche Cannot count syllables well Public school product

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:56 AM on March 22

Manny sells his grill But latest statistics show He should sell his glove

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:13 AM on March 22

Forgive my faux pas Spring training builds posting skill With more craft, less souse

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 08:40 AM on March 22

TBH must learn That public school product has six syllables

posted by hawkguy at 08:44 AM on March 22

Manny and the Grill? Doesn't that sound like a bad 70s sitcom?

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:06 AM on March 22

Oh, the beauty of Manny just being Manny Always so much fun

posted by bperk at 09:24 AM on March 22

if you really need fire can be one syllable alls fair in Haiku

posted by bdaddy at 10:08 AM on March 22

Why buy Manny's grill, When you can get on eBay Barbaro's cheese head. via deadspin

posted by SummersEve at 12:53 PM on March 22

Barbaro Lives

posted by Amateur at 02:14 PM on March 22

Hawkguy, to challenge My pentameter is mad; I shall destroy you.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:00 PM on March 22

Reason the grill was removed from ebay.

posted by skydivemom at 06:27 PM on March 22

I, Ying Yang Maf-ia think that us SpoFites should write a book of haikus. Yes I used a hyphen. And I'm damn proud of it.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:56 PM on March 22

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