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(CNN)   Current bid on Bambino contract: Over $1 million. Proceeds to go to homeless shelter   (money.cnn.com) divider line 57
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2004-11-07 08:44:52 PM  
It'd be kinda funny if the Yankees bought it.
 
2004-11-08 12:37:06 AM  
We won!
 
2004-11-08 12:39:37 AM  
Yeah, they get the million now, but then they won't be able to raise any more money for thier shelter until 2090.

/ba-zing?
 
2004-11-08 12:42:40 AM  
 
2004-11-08 12:42:44 AM  
Oh, good. I'm soon to be homeless.

gimme.
 
2004-11-08 12:43:21 AM  
Auction here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43353&item=5135174066&r d=1

/What's this HTML I keep hearing about?
 
2004-11-08 12:45:06 AM  
Should have the Sappy tag.

/I Fark too much.
 
2004-11-08 12:49:00 AM  
radiodude21 - i bow to your superior searching abilities. i couldn't find it.
 
2004-11-08 12:51:10 AM  
i hate alan shawn feinstein.. i remember my 6th grade school did a bunch of charity crap and he came to visit, hes a tiny man and everyone laughed and it was stupid.. all that hard work to have a midget who talks funny come and thank us.. i think he even tried to sing.

blah
 
2004-11-08 12:52:22 AM  
It's amazing what people will spend for objects with absolutely no intrinsic value.
 
2004-11-08 01:02:51 AM  
 
2004-11-08 01:04:03 AM  
no such thing as intrinsic monetary value.
 
2004-11-08 01:04:41 AM  
condantiques is the name of the seller
I'd be hesitant to place a bid.
 
2004-11-08 01:09:31 AM  
i was always under the impression that ty cobb disliked babe ruth...

llDuffManll

It's amazing what people will spend for objects with absolutely no intrinsic value.


the intrinsic value is helping the homeless. you know, being nice? some people like being nice...
 
2004-11-08 01:09:38 AM  
You would think that for $1,000,000 someone would put more than two minutes into writing the description.
 
2004-11-08 01:10:41 AM  
You laughed,Mr. Programmer, that's why you are cursed to remain in Rhode Island.
 
2004-11-08 01:28:28 AM  
Does Ebay keep their normal share for chariy auctions like this or do they come down from their evil perch and waive fees/ make a donation themselves?
 
2004-11-08 01:33:41 AM  
Nobody's suggested it yet - can I get a hero tag?
 
2004-11-08 01:44:47 AM  
I'm a Yankee fan myself, but it's time to admitt that the curse is OVER. It never existed anyway, the Red Sox either sucked or ran into bad luck for 86 years.

 
2004-11-08 01:46:57 AM  


/see you next season =)
 
2004-11-08 01:52:23 AM  
I personally think you can measure how sick (as in not well) a society is by how many people will spend real money for things that have no real value.
 
2004-11-08 01:53:57 AM  
The 2004 New York Yankees!
 
2004-11-08 01:54:59 AM  
 
2004-11-08 01:59:04 AM  
I have to agree. You would think that someone who is asking someone else to spend over a million dollars on something could spend a little more time writing a detailed decription and maybe instead of a few cheesy digital shots they could at least scan a decent image or two.

What a lazy fark!
 
2004-11-08 02:19:54 AM  
Shill bids galore, the winner is going to be swindled.
 
2004-11-08 02:38:03 AM  
 
2004-11-08 02:57:37 AM  
That's a downright decent thing to do. Two thumbs up and a Dr. Pepper to Mr. Feinstein.
 
2004-11-08 03:10:25 AM  
I think that Feinstein is a jerk. Anything that he raises for "charity" always has his name all over it, which is still better than not giving anything at all, but still, you have to wonder if he's a philanthropist or just a shameless self-promoter.

Besides, he's been doing this Red Sox "curse" thing now for YEARS. And now, even though the "curse" is over, he's still out there exploiting it to promote the Feinstein name.

/cynical former Rhode Islander
 
2004-11-08 04:43:08 AM  
Did anyone else combine the word "homeless" in the title with "wipe on pants" right below it and get "pantless". Yeah...probably just me, huh?
 
2004-11-08 04:59:39 AM  
I wonder who will snipe the eBay auction and bid $1,001,101.99 at the last minute.
 
2004-11-08 07:21:16 AM  
Heh.

All "Bambino" and Babe Ruth stuff that is bought by rich Red Sox fans will most likely be destroyed.
 
2004-11-08 07:44:50 AM  
How can anyone be smart enough to get that much money, yet stupid enough to spend it that way?
 
2004-11-08 07:52:58 AM  


"Us hobos thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I was getting a little tired of pork and beans. But the strong coffee is always good.."
 
2004-11-08 08:20:51 AM  
Hillary,

I think he bought it for $99,000 and sold copies for $30 (although that sentence did confuse me a bit too).
 
2004-11-08 08:25:23 AM  
it would be funny if it were purchased by a redsox fan and immediately thrown on a weber grill.
 
2004-11-08 08:37:14 AM  
So throwing out hundreds of millions of dollars to drug up people dying of an incurable disease in bumfark Africa is good.

Spending a million dollars to support a local charity that actually does some people in this country a lick of good is stupid waste of money.

Just checking...
 
2004-11-08 08:41:25 AM  
If he sold them for 30 bucks a pop and he raised another 2 million dollars that-a-way, that means he sold 66,666.67 copies. The guy is ALL good.
 
2004-11-08 08:49:55 AM  
Good call Lamune_Baba!
 
2004-11-08 09:36:22 AM  
Stephen King should buy it and torch it.
 
2004-11-08 09:56:18 AM  
To all you heartless bastards giggling away in Rhode Island...a little lesson in charity and history from me, who despite my Farkname, has devoted countless hours to a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations.

Like those dumbass Mastercard commercials: small piece of paper, value: $2.00, a historical document that has significant meaning to quite a number of people, despite its lack of value to your small little mind, and will also serve to benefit some really needy folks in your neighborhood: priceless.
AND
From Merriam Webster's dictionary:

Charity:1 : benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a : a gift for public benevolent purposes b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others
SEE ALSO MERCY

History: 1 : TALE, STORY
2 a : a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes b : a treatise presenting systematically related natural phenomena c : an account of a patient's medical background d : an established record
3 : a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events
4 a : events that form the subject matter of a history b : events of the past c : one that is finished or done for d : previous treatment, handling, or experience (as of a metal)

Sorry to go off on you all, but I am always amazed at how our culture has completely forgotten the value and beauty of charity and voluteerism and has retreated into small, isolated selfish little cubicles. We are surrounded by a world full of cultures where such a thing as this auction would receive high honors for its nobility from everyone, instead of being ridiculed like it is here.
 
2004-11-08 11:17:41 AM  
evilc: In defense of my fellow Rhode Islanders, I do see the value of this sort of charity.

To people saying it has no "intrinsic value": As someone else pointed out, nothing does. The value is whatever people are willing to pay for something, because it means something to them in some way, and this apparently does.

I still think Feinstein is a jerk, though. Rich guy to begin with trying to plaster his name over everything in Rhode Island. By the year 2010 there'll be a town named after him. If you donate out of the goodness of your heart, you don't need your name in the name of the building you helped donate for.
Besides, how did he make his wealth to begin with, really? I'm not going to be too cynical about this since I don't really know, but who's to say he didn't just exploit people like every other business owner? I remember in a magazine of his once, Richard Hoagland (a really really zany and silly person) was selling things related to "the Face on Mars," the article in the magazine itself stating that it was created by intelligent life in order to jack up the value. Hooray.
 
2004-11-08 12:52:14 PM  
Guy In Guy Incognito

So, four years of spending lots of money and not winning the Series = suck? How about comparing how many Series visits and wins they've had since 1920 with the same of the 'Sox. Or any other team in the MLB.

Of course, if the Yanks were being paid less than the opposing team(s) you'd use THAT as the reason why they suck/lose.
 
2004-11-08 01:45:58 PM  
Unfortunately for Boston, the Red Sox no longer count as a charity.
 
2004-11-08 02:34:11 PM  
pcvzeno:

Hmmm... So New Englanders continue to envy the talented who achieve a great deal, resent them for having the nerve to profit from their achievements, and rebuke any attempt to show goodwill.

Does it matter that Mr. Feinstein is not actually a Yankee? Or even from NYC?

Is Andrew Carnegie also a self-promoting asshat? After all, he had the nerve to call it the Carnegie Foundation...

The only thing Boston/NE is cursed with is a bad attitude...
 
2004-11-08 02:40:37 PM  
Damn, I keep reading Bambino as "Gambino". Changes the meaning just a tad.
 
2004-11-08 02:53:39 PM  
pause for breath: As much as I love regional stereotyping, which I don't, that's a fairly ignorant comment to make.

I don't resent it when people act philanthropically. But there's a difference between starting a foundation and naming it after yourself, and making people plaster your name onto every building you supply the funding to build. One is naming your organization after yourself, the other is shameless self-promotion. He's trying to make a good name for himself, that's it. If he were truly philanthropic, it wouldn't matter.

As far as being resentful of the successful, I'm not. I'm just not sure how ethically he made his money.

Talk about bad attitudes. NC is part of New England now, you're saying? =P
 
2004-11-08 03:13:28 PM  
Gee, no one who ever donates money expects the building to be named after them... Oh wait, I actually have been on a college campus before... Seems I remember that pretty much everyone who donates money names the building after themselves.

Some Major Foundations in America:

Ford Foundation
Carnegie Foundation
Gates Foundation

Some Major Medical Institutions in America:
UCLA is now the David Geffen School of Medicine (not kidding)
Cornell is the Joan and Sanford Weill School of Medicine (former head of Goldman Sachs, I believe)
Rockefeller University is, remarkably, named after Rockefeller

And I'm not doubting some element of self-promotion here. But why is this guy in RI getting singled out.

Of course, my real motives are not to come to the defense of a New England fatcat... mostly I'm just trying to rile up BoSox fans and New Englanders in general by implying that they obsess over the good fortunes of others instead of worrying about their own shiat.

And of course NC isn't part of NE. Isn't that part and parcell of indulging in regional stereotypes -- to go after a region other than your own?
 
2004-11-08 03:32:56 PM  
Brieg google search yields:

"6/28/2004
Feinstein Challenge Raises $105 Million!

For the seventh consecutive year, Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein's annual spring challenge to fight hunger has raised millions of dollars for agencies throughout the country feeding the needy.

Nearly 1,600 anti-hunger agencies and houses of worship used Feinstein's challenge to raise a total of $105.7 million last March and April from over half a million donors. Feinstein's $1 million is divided proportionally among them.

"Alan Shawn Feinstein has shown what one man can do to advance the cause of fighting hunger," said Robert Forney, President and CEO, America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity. The Oregon Food Bank, the South Plains Food Bank and the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano were among the participants from the America's Second Harvest network of food banks and food-rescue organizations.

Feinstein started his $1 million yearly challenge in 1997, prompted by reports from emergency food providers of increasing need. In the past 7 years his annual challenges have raised over $350 million to help the hungry. It has become the most successful grassroots campaign to fight hunger ever.

Feinstein is founder of the Center for a Hunger Free America at the University of Rhode Island and the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University.

America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization with programs serving all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Their network distributes 1.8 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually to more than 23 million people. America's Second Harvest's network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies which operate more than 94,000 food programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, women's shelters, Kids Cafes, and Community Kitchens. These local organizations provide emergency food assistance to 23 million hungry Americans, including more than nine million children and almost three million seniors each year."

So what have you done for America's indigent?
When you hit $350M worth of that, you can stop S'ing TFU...
 
2004-11-08 03:37:22 PM  
Some homeless SOB with internet access at the library is just bidding this damn thing up.
 
2004-11-08 03:51:03 PM  
Again, thanks go out to Andrew Carnegie for making libraries available to all of us...

In a concillatory gesture, though, I will offer that I strongly disapprove of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks thing.
 
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