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Reds auction ball stained with Jeff Samardzija's blood

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You're probably asking yourself: 1. How did Jeff Samardzija's blood get on a ball. 2. Why would a major league team auction a blood-stained ball? 3. Who would buy it? 4. At what cost?

Your answers in order:

1) On April 24, Samardzija tried fielding a hot grounder barehanded.  The ball cut his hand and some of the blood smeared on the ball.

2) The Reds regularly auction memorabilia on their web site and donate the money to charity.

3) Obviously, a collector of baseball memorabilia who doesn't mind having some player's blood smeared all over Commissioner Bud Selig's signature. 

4) The unnamed high-bidder paid $130.01.
 

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