Believe It Or Not - Ripley’s Buy 10 Bats From Trade

We all remember the amusing story of John Odom, the minor league pitcher who was traded to the Laredo Broncos for 10 baseball bats. So, how’s the batty baller doing?

Laredo Broncos mascot

Could be better. Odom made his debut for the Broncos back on May 31, but only lasted two innings, giving up a run on two hits & walking two others without striking out anyone in a 10-5 loss to Edinburg. Six days later, Odom lasted a little longer on the mound, going 4 innings and getting his first decision of the year. Unfortunately, that decision was a loss in a 20-5 rout at the hands of Amarillo.

And things aren’t much better for John on Laredo’s online roster, as his bio is completely blank. Seems like the Broncos aren’t expecting Odom to stick around. Maybe they’re hoping to swap him for a nice set of batting gloves.

As Odom tries to make a living in Laredo, what happened with the bats that he was bargained away for?

Realizing what a nice publicity stunt the trade was, the Calgary Vipers decided to keep the bats out of the dugout. Instead, the team planned on selling the sticks on eBay to raise money for the club’s children’s charity.

But then - believe it, or not! - the Ripley’s people came a-calling.

The CALGARY HERALD reports that the purveyors of the mind-boggling museums paid the Vipers $10,000 to acquire the bats. And now Ripley’s is planning on setting up an exhibit about the kooky trade at one of their spookatoriums, although they’re not sure which one yet.

Maybe they can open a new branch in Cooperstown. It’s the only way Pete Rose will be enshrined in town.

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