The Cubs were ready to offer Masahiro Tanaka $120 million over six years in free agency until the Japanese ace decided he couldn't turn down "Yankee money."
And although Tanaka won't be donning Cubbie blue anytime soon, Cubs fans can buy a piece of Tanaka's first appearance at Wrigley Field.
No, it won't be a game-used jersey or dirt from the pitcher's mound.
The Cubs are auctioning off a game-used locker room chair that Tanaka sat in. For a current bid of $310, you can watch a Cubs game from the confines of your living room in the same seat that Tanaka sat on during future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter's — who's game-used seat is also up for bidding — final regular-season game at Wrigley.
The closing date for the auction is June 1 at 8:00 p.m. and there's also an added bonus if you're the winning bidder.
With an estimated shipping time of 2-4 weeks, you'll have it in time for your 4th of July BBQ. Imagine telling your friends and family that they're sitting in the same chair Tanaka used.
The Tanaka chair isn't the first off-the-wall sports memorabilia item to be auctioned off in the last year. Last August, Andrew Shaw's stitches from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final fetched $6500 on eBay from Harry Caray's Tavern on Navy Pier.