Sorry you weren't there for Roy Halladay's perfect game? You can be.
The Florida Marlins are putting tickets on sale for Halladay’s gem – as souvenirs, at face price. Buy one, and they’ll even count you in the official paid attendance.
Halladay pitched the Philadelphia Phillies over the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami. It was the 20th perfect game in major league history, and the crowd was announced at 25,086.
Marlins president David Samson said Tuesday the team sold more than 3,000 tickets in the first four hours they were available. Marlins tickets range from $12 to over $300, with many of them under $25.
“We are not misleading anybody, no one is buying a ticket thinking they are going to the game,” Samson said. “Nobody is saying, ‘Oh, my God, I wonder who wins?’ So it’s not as if there is any consumer fraud that is going on.”
The tickets will remain on sale until the end of the season.
WILLIS ON HIS WAY TO ARIZONA
The Tigers found a taker for Dontrelle Willis.
Detroit dealt the left-handed pitcher and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Billy Buckner, who was sent to Triple-A Toledo.
Willis, 28, was designated for assignment on Sunday, giving the Tigers up to 10 days to move him and his $12 million salary.
“We are paying a substantial portion of that salary,” said Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski, adding a couple clubs showed interest.
The former NL Rookie of the Year, All-Star and 22-game winner with Florida was 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance this season. He was 2-8 with a 6.86 ERA in 24 games – 22 starts – in two-plus seasons with Detroit.
Former major league pitcher Jeriome Robertson, whose 15 wins for Houston in 2003 led all rookies, died Saturday near Visalia, Calif., after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. He was 33. … Bob Watson, vice president in charge of discipline for Major League Baseball, says umpire Bill Hohn will be addressed “in a very stern way” after a confrontation with Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt led to the ejection of the Astros’ ace Monday night. Watson said Oswalt will not be penalized further. … The Texas Rangers placed left-handed starter Derek Holland on the 15-day disabled list with mild inflammation in his left rotator cuff. … The Chicago White Sox put third baseman Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right middle finger. … The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of infielder Aaron Miles, 33, from Double-A Springfield. … The Toronto Blue Jays traded struggling left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh for minor league reliever Ronald Uviedo.