Normally this space is used to embarrass athletes or weird sports fans across the country. This time, I really had to think if I wanted to make fun of a charity for an “auction item.”
The answer is yes, but hear me out!
Charitybuzz is a for-profit Internet company located in New York City that raises money for nonprofit organizations through online charity auctions with notable celebrities and brands.
The group is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend $7,000 to get a 30-minute pitching lesson with … R.A. Dickey?
That’s right, the knuckleballing New York Mets starting pitcher, who led the league in strikeouts this year, will give the winning bidder a 30-minute pitching lesson. Really? The guy has one good year, is a finalist for the Cy Young and is suddenly worth $7,000 for a half hour of his time?
The auction benefits Hope Shines for Shannon, who was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer on Aug. 2.
I really hope Charitybuzz gets the money it is asking for because the cause is great, but couldn’t you get Justin Verlander or Stephen Strasburg instead? At least the winning bidder also gets to watch batting practice on the field and receives four tickets to a Mets game.