Dmitri Young just got done auctioning off his stunning collection of rookie baseball cards.
But he’s decided to nix the sale of his most-prized bat.
Young told me today he has decided against auctioning off the Robert Fick bat — he recently bought the bat Fick used to hit the final home run at Tiger Stadium, in the September 1999 finale — and instead will be donating it to the Hall of Fame.
“It’s not a LeBron decision,’” Young told me in a text message, ”but because of my relationship with Brad Horn and Jeff Idelson from the HOF. And Fick deserves to be remembered for this huge accomplishment.”
In May, Young, reeled in $2.5 million in the auction of his baseball cards.
After the sale — proceeds are allowing him to start a foundation aimed at helping student-athletes on and off the field — he talked to The News about his plans to sell the Fick bat, perhaps in a live aucton at the old Tiger Stadium site.
He’s scrapped that, though. The bat, instead, will head to Cooperstown.
Fick was just a second-year major leaguer when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning Sept. 27, 1999. Facing Royals reliever Jeff Montgomery, Fick, a power-hitting lefty, teed off on a pitch that landed on the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium.
In the final game at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, Fick’s blast would go down as the final hit, home run, grand slam and run in the storied history of Tiger Stadium.
Fick, now 38, and Young are good friends from their Tigers days, and both live in California.
On Monday night, they planned to attend the Reds-Dodgers game in L.A.