Auction offers chance to bowl with Affeldt, Lopez

Night with lefties part of Giants' contribution to LUNGevity fundraiser

Auction offers chance to bowl with Affeldt, Lopez

SAN DIEGO -- If Jeremy Affeldt comes up as nails when he's bowling as when he's pitching in October, a night out at the Gotham Club at AT&T Park with the veteran lefty could be quite the experience.

One lucky fan is about to find out for sure, thanks to a unique offering in this year's Winter Meetings auction that involves Affeldt, fellow reliever Javier Lopez and a night out at the Giants' two-lane bowling alley that resides in a posh game room at their spiffy ballpark on the Bay.

By the end of the day Wednesday, this package, which also includes two lower-box tickets to a 2015 Giants game, had generated 20 bids, with the highest coming in at $2,247. And there's still another day of bidding left.

Proceeds from the Winter Meetings auction, presented by Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 clubs, will go toward the LUNGevity Foundation, in memory of Baltimore Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow, who passed away from lung cancer in February at the age of 36.

The auction began Sunday night and will continue until Thursday at 8 p.m. PT.

All 30 teams have contributed unique prizes that could only be compiled by a group of people with special insider access to baseball's players and front offices. In addition to the aforementioned bowling session with Affeldt and Lopez, the Giants are also offering a VIP experience with the 2010, '12 and '14 World Series trophies -- photos with them in the Giants dugout; four pregame batting-practice field passes and four lower-box tickets to a game.

Over the first two years, funds raised from the Winter Meetings auction, benefiting Stand Up to Cancer, raised approximately $250,000. The money raised this year will go toward cutting-edge lung-cancer research with the potential to prolong and save millions of lives, through the efforts of LUNGevity.

Barlow, a non-smoker and marathon runner whose disease was discovered after she sought medical attention for a nagging cough that wouldn't go away, began working with LUNGevity approximately two months after she was diagnosed and continued to support the non-profit foundation for the remainder of her life.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.