John Lackey Gives Pat Neshek a Babe Ruth-Autographed Ball in Exchange for Number

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2014

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St. Louis Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek made his first National League All-Star team this year while wearing No. 41, but he apparently isn't too concerned about the number being a lucky charm.

The Cardinals acquired right-hander John Lackey at the 2014 MLB trade deadline. Given that Lackey has worn No. 41 with every team he has played for (outside of 2010), he wanted it with his new squad, too. The only problem is, Neshek was wearing the number at the time of the trade.

Continuing the oft-repeated tradition of bribing teammates to give up their numbers, Lackey offered Neshek a Babe Ruth-autographed baseball in exchange for No. 41.

Some players may prefer money, but the awesome collectible won Neshek over. Getting the autographed baseball made the switch from No. 41 to No. 37 understandably worth it to the reliever.

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