NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A workout alongside players, a chance to hang out with Mookie Wilson and a 9/11 Museum tour with John Franco highlight the Mets-related items in Major League Baseball's annual Stand Up To Cancer Auction, which this year is raising money for members of the baseball-writing family in need. Auction items are available for bidding through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
This initiative has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception four years ago, 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, as well as the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez, who is battling a brain tumor.
Mets-themed items include:
• A Spring Training vacation, including roundtrip airfare and accommodations, next February, plus a two-day workout session alongside players at the Barwis Methods Training Center. Last year, David Wright and Lucas Duda highlighted a host of players who attended Barwis' camp.
• A day with Wilson, including an opportunity to watch a replay of 1986 World Series Game 6 alongside him, plus a batting lesson from the former Mets outfielder.
• A private tour of the 9/11 Museum alongside Franco.
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