Bug spray among items being auctioned by MLB

Updated: November 21, 2007, 1:54 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Start the bidding on Yankees bug spray.

Who could forget New York rookie Joba Chamberlain getting doused with pest repellant during the American League playoffs last month? Well, here's your chance to own an authentic bottle.

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesJorge Posada sprays Mariano Rivera as bugs attack in Cleveland.

A can of bug spray used in the Yankees' dugout when those tiny midges swarmed Cleveland's Jacobs Field will be among the items up for bid in a Major League Baseball auction of memorabilia from the 2007 postseason.

Surely, it's the perfect gift this holiday season.

Also available: A base and ball signed by Manny Ramirez, autographed Jason Varitek jerseys, and hand warmers used in the Boston Red Sox dugout during frigid Game 3 of the World Series at Colorado.

But the most unique catch could be that can of bug spray.

Distracted by the bugs (called midges) crawling all over his neck and face, Chamberlain threw two wild pitches in Game 2 of the division series, allowing the Indians to score the tying run in the eighth inning. The Yankees lost 2-1 in 11 innings and fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-five series, which they lost in four games.

The auction, featuring more than 50 autographed and game-used items, runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7. Fans can bid online at MLB.com.


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