MLB’s Winter Meetings are currently underway in Nashville, and teams looking to add a free agent prize or two have been wheeling and dealing with agents over the last couple of days. But thanks to MLB’s Winter Meetings Charity Auction for Stand Up To Cancer, fans have the opportunity to walk away with some pretty cool prizes of their own.
The Philadelphia Phillies auction items offer some impressive opportunities to rub shoulders with baseball royalty in addition to unique game-day experiences highlighted by a dinner for eight with 2008 World Series champion Cole Hamels in the Executive Dining Room at Citizens Bank Park.
The winner of this bid will also have access to eight tickets in the Hall of Fame Club Premium Seating Area and two parking passes for a game on June 19, 2024. With a current bid of $2,125, it might be best to divide the cost of this lunch by eight.
Have you ever wanted to drive around the ballpark with the Phillie Phanatic and shoot hot dogs into the stratosphere? A bid over $1,300 will turn that dream into a reality. This second auction item is worth it for the photo opportunity alone. The winner will also enjoy four field-level tickets to the game.
The Winter Meetings Charity Auction is also accepting bids for a meet and greet with local boy and generational superstar Mike Trout, a full day with Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, some on-air time as part of the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast booth, and various other on- and off-field experiences around the league.
This is the 10th year MLB and its teams are running the online Winter Meetings Charity Auction, with this year's proceeds going to Stand Up To Cancer, per MLB.com. Per the official press release, this year's edition is being run "... in honor of Billy Bean (MLB’s Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and former Major League outfielder) and Catalina Villegas (MLB’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), both of whom are in treatment for cancer diagnoses."
"We are the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer," said April Brown, MLB's VP of Social Responsibility, at the announcement Monday. "And it was, in fact, in Nashville, 10 years ago that they were the beneficiary of our proceeds. So it is very befitting that this year once again, Stand Up To Cancer is our auction recipient."
Fans can find and bid on auction items at MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction and have until Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET to get in on the action.