Memorabilia Company Promoted Sale of Autographed Baseballs From Two Players Who Just Died in Car Accidents
This past Sunday, Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte were killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic. Three days later, a sports memorabilia company promoted something it advertised as a “special combo,” putting up for sale autographed baseballs from both of the deceased players.
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell shared the ad via his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Not saying the sports memorabilia business is filled with angels, but this is a scumbag move. pic.twitter.com/6aG6NfMzah
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 25, 2017
Deadspin reported and Mediaite has confirmed that a Houston-based sports memorabilia company called Insider Sports Deals were the ones who promoted the sale. According to the Deadspin report, Insider Sports Deals sent out emails to their subscribers on Wednesday.
There was no obvious link between Ventura and Marte prior to Sunday, which is to say that there wouldn’t appear to be any other reason to pair the baseballs other than the tragic circumstances surrounding their deaths.
The timing and the promotion of the deal has received some harsh criticism on social media, including, as you can see above, Rovell. However, there apparently is some market for the merchandise. The baseballs sold out as of early Wednesday afternoon.
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