A-Rod's quest for No. 600 could mean for a very valuable souvenir
Update 5:45 p.m. Here's the deal from the Rays: Every time Rodriguez comes to bat, the umpires will put a specially marked ball into play. There will be extra security in the outfield seats and should he hit a home run, we will monitor where the ball goes and help find the individual who catches it.
It is between the fan with the ball and the Yankees as to what happens next.
Developing: As Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez brings his quest for historic home run No. 600 to Tropicana Field this weekend, we're guessing if he hits it in the next three days at Tropicana Field, fans may not be so tempted to throw it back, per typical custom.
It could be a very valuable souvenir. For example, according to Sports Collector's Daily, Rodriguez's 500th homer was sold at an auction to an anonymous buyer for $103,579.
There will be specially marked baseballs used this weekend by Major League Baseball to make sure the potential home run ball is authenticated, and outfield seats will likely be more of a premium outside by scalpers.
The Rays pitchers will have something to say about whether A-Rod' hits his homer, and he's gone seven games without one, so there's no guarantee history will be made here. But if it does, SeatGeek.com teamed with Hit Tracker to come up with a prediction of what section the ball will land.
So if you've got tickets this weekend, here's what SeatGeek and HitTracker predicts, ased on A-Rod’s scatter plot over the past 4.5 seasons, and the sizes of each section in the outfield.
The most likely sections at the Trop are: 1. Section 145 (13.0% chance) 2. Section 143 (11.7%) 3. Section 147 (11.7%) 4. Section 141 (10.6%) 5. Section 148 (6.3%)
And what they call the "Money Seat," the most likely lucky fan will sit in the middle of a row; Section 143, Row BB, Seat 9 (though, they note that in section 143, the rows start at T, so Row BB is actually the ninth row.)
As for how much the ball could be worth? Seatgeek.com expects it to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 based on discussions with SCP auctions.
-- JOE SMITH