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November 06, 2000
(Q) What happened to the pieces of Mike Piazza's broken bat?
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November 06, 2000

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(Q) What happened to the pieces of Mike Piazza's broken bat?

(A) The most coveted shards of lumber since the True Cross have fallen into civic-minded hands. Piazza has the barrel that Roger Clemens threw toward him during Game 2 of the World Series; Fox Sports' Keith Olbermann nabbed the handle after the game; and Ron Rosenberg, a managing director at Merrill Lynch, has the bat's 21-inch midsection. Rosenberg (left) was sitting in the in first row by the Mets dugout as a guest of Marlins owner John Henry and asked a batboy for the timber. "To my surprise he gave it to me," Rosenberg says. "I knew I had a piece of Series history."

The Hall of Fame wasn't interested, so Piazza and Rosenberg will ask Olbermann to join them in reassembling the bat so it can be sold, with the proceeds going to charity. Brian Marren of Mastro Fine Sports Auctions says the reconstituted lumber could go for as much as $100,000.

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