A Night at the Museum

Raul Ibañez and his son RJ make up a bed in the Plaque Room at the Baseball Hall of Fame for an Extra Innings Overnight sleepover.

Raul Ibañez and his son RJ make up a bed in the Plaque Room at the Baseball Hall of Fame for an Extra Innings Overnight sleepover.

Mariners outfielder Raul Ibañez and his son RJ had a sleep-over at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and they had such a good time that Raul decided to give the Hall a piece of baseball history.

The Museum has an Extra Innings Overnight program where fans can spend the night. Back in November 2011, Raul, RJ and RJ’s youth baseball teammates had a slumber party in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery.

The outing was so special that Raul decided to donate the bat he used to make history in the American League Championship Series with the Yankees last fall. You may recall October 10, 2012, when Raul became the first player in history to hit two home runs in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game, giving the Yankees a win over the Orioles.

Raul wanted to share a souvenir of that great night in recognition of the great night he and RJ had at the Hall. Here’s what Raul said about the donation of the historic bat:

“It meant such a great deal to go through the Museum with RJ and tour through the game’s treasures, knowing that the Hall of Fame is where the game’s greatest stories are preserved… Knowing that the bat that I used from the one moment in baseball history is going to be in Cooperstown forever is just so great. I’m honored to have anything of mine attached to the Hall of Fame.”

Raul Ibañez at the "Chasing the Dream" exhibit at the Hall of Fame that tells the story of Henry Aaron's career.

Raul Ibañez at the “Chasing the Dream” exhibit at the Hall of Fame that tells the story of Henry Aaron’s career.

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