When Indians right fielder Brandon Moss hit his milestone 100th home run on June 2, the ball was caught by his teammates in the bullpen — who took full advantage of the situation.
Moss found a handwritten list of demands in his locker, requesting a ransom if Moss wanted his ball back. It was posted to Twitter
for all to see.
The ransom note asks for Macbook Airs, iPads, and Apple Watches in exchange for the ball. Aside from pitcher Marc Rzepczynski's request for a "50 gallon drum of lube," it all looks like a pretty expensive shopping spree at an Apple Store.
Too expensive for Brandon Moss, though, who makes a modest salary of $6.5 million a year. He refused to meet the demands.
Lucky for him, Apple CEO Tim Cook took notice of his plight. At the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Cook displayed the note and held up the ball itself, announcing that Apple would deliver all the requested tech products. The line about the drum of lube, however, had been digitally removed from the note, though we can't imagine why.
In what is certainly not a publicity stunt, Apple will donate the gadgets to Major League Baseball players in need, though the most important question still stands: who will supply the drum of lube?