Bid on epic Cubs experiences in charity auction

Bid on epic Cubs experiences in charity auction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Want to talk baseball with Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies? Or have you always wanted to play catch at Wrigley Field? How would you like to spend some quality time with one of the Cubs players?

You can bid on these items as part of the Winter Meetings charity auction, organized by Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 teams.

Check out the charity auction

This is the fourth year for the charity auction that includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The initiative was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.

There are three Cubs related items to bid on. You can meet the broadcasters, including the television duo of Kasper and Deshaies, or meet a Cubs player, or play catch at Wrigley Field.

The auction initiative has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception and a significant portion of the proceeds from this year's event will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a longtime partner of Major League Baseball, its founding donor in 2008. In addition, this year's auction will benefit Do It For Durrett, in honor of the late Texas Rangers ESPN.com reporter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.

The auction is live on MLB.com until Thursday, at 8 p.m. CT.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.