Indians' bullpen donates 'ransom' iPads
Relievers give devices they received from Apple to Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' bullpen got paid and the group decided to pay it forward.
Prior to Wednesday's game against the Cubs at Progressive Field, the Tribe's relievers presented 12 iPads to children from the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, donating the devices for use in the organization's learning center. The gesture came after the pitchers received free products from Apple as a fun payment for holding Brandon Moss' 100th home run ball ransom.
"Once Apple told us they were fulfilling our ransom," Indians reliever Scott Atchison said, "we felt we should give something back. So, we pulled some money together to take care of them, so they can use these iPads however they want."
On June 2, Moss launched his 100th career home run, sending the ball into the visitors' bullpen at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Cleveland's relievers saved the ball and presented Moss with a hand-written note, demanding a variety of Apple products in exchange for the baseball.
Apple CEO Tim Cook got wind of the ransom note and had the baseball delivered to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week. During his opening comments, Cook held up the ball and announced that he would pay the ransom and ship the ball back to Moss.
The Indians' bullpen made sure that the story did not end there.