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    A decade later, it's mine

    On September 16, 2009, Jonny Gomes hit his 20th and final home run of the season. The shot came on "Hal McCoy Day," honoring the retirement of the 37-year veteran sportswriter who covered the Reds. Gomes, who had told McCoy that he would try to hit a home run for him that day, presented him with the bat, now signed: "To Hal, thanks for the support. HR #20 on Hal McCoy Day." The story was picked up by the Associated Press, garnering national sports-page coverage; reading those articles and looking at photos of the bat, the idea of somehow getting it—much as I would have loved to—seemed fanciful; undoubtedly McCoy would hold on to it for years, and regardless, if ever sold it would surely be priced out of reach.

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    Last month, the bat appeared on eBay. It arrived today:

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    Jonny Gomes Collection:
    501/510 (98%)_______134 1/1s_______313 Autos_______25 Bats_______17 Jerseys

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    A decade later, it's mine

    That’s awesome! Congrats on the incredibly unique pickup!


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    that's an amazing pickup. congrats!
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    Really awesome bit of hobbiness there. Congratulations.
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    Fantastic. Sorry to see that it went up for sale, but so glad that it went to a good home. Well done!

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    Congrats on the pickup. Wonder how the bat ended up on eBay.

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    Looks like the real McCoy. Congrats - great item!

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    I definitely wonder why it hit the market, but what an incredible piece of history to own.

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    Congrats Luc. Great to see an awesome addition to the collection.
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    Thanks guys. There may be a few nicer Gomes pieces out there, but I'm hard pressed to think of one—and like this once was, they'd probably be owned by friends and family. I'm heading to the lumber store tomorrow to look for some planks; with this in hand, it's time to finally put a few bats on the wall.

    [MENTION=3722]madbull34[/MENTION] & [MENTION=5901]mhcook[/MENTION], the bat was listed by a large eBay seller, who told me he bought the bat and one other item directly from McCoy. I don't know why McCoy chose to sell them. One could speculate that 10 years into retirement finances are tighter and the sentimental weight of a gift is lighter, but that's just speculation; he's nearing 80, and could have just decided it was time to downsize. In any event, it won't be going anywhere for a long time to come.
    Jonny Gomes Collection:
    501/510 (98%)_______134 1/1s_______313 Autos_______25 Bats_______17 Jerseys

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    Truly awesome game used bat! I remember that game and hearing about Gomes' promise on WLW.
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    I love stories like this - how cool! Congratulations, I'm sure you are over the moon
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    That’s a very cool bat (great aesthetically as well) and the story behind it. Would loved to see it displayed once you have it up on the wall.

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    [MENTION=6048]Mark70Z[/MENTION], here it is on display! I ended up making the rack with my dad when I visited over labor day weekend. Simple piece of oak, sanded, drilled at an angle to fit in the pegs, and coated with varnish.

    From top to bottom, the bats are:

    2011 MAX Bat from his time with the Nationals
    2003 SAM Bat, made the day before his MLB debut, and later sent as a prototype to X Bats
    2003 SAM Bat from the same order, used by his Durham Bulls teammate Pete LaForest in the '03 AZ Fall League, and signed by both (rare early signature by Gomes)
    2009 MAX Bat (the McCoy bat)
    2005 D-Bat, signed "game used rookie year"
    2003 Rawlings bat, used during his first major league series--still trying to nail down which game(s)/at bat(s)
    2002 SAM Bat with early signature--earliest Gomes bat I've seen


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    Jonny Gomes Collection:
    501/510 (98%)_______134 1/1s_______313 Autos_______25 Bats_______17 Jerseys

    Wantlist: Reward Offered

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    Awesome stuff, congrats!
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