From’s Darren Rovell :

Drew Sawyer spends his days managing investments, but it was at night that the Boston Red Sox fan made what he thinks is one the greatest buys of his career: A game of Wiffle Ball with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.The price? $30,000.

“I evaluated it as being priceless,” Sawyer said. “So we got a steal.”

Sawyer said he wasn’t planning on bidding on the auction item, but he and his buddies got caught up in the bidding frenzy.

“When it was over, my wife was a little bit shocked,” he said.

Yes, the realization that one’s spouse has more money than brains must be a little unnerving. If it takes $30K to win a game of Whiffle Ball with Ortiz, presumably a game of “William Tell” with archery enthusiast Matt Ginter could be had for much, much less.

And with the Pawtucket pitching staff firmly in mind (how’s that for an uncomfortable segue?), Red Sox prospect Jon Lester earned his first Triple-A win tonight, scattering 4 hits over 5 innings in a 2-0 defeat of Rochester.  The recently activiated Hee Seop Choi was 0 for 4 for the Paw Sox.

At Fenway this evening, Manny Ramirez hit his 5th HR of ’06, a solo drive to left field off Julio Manon, with Boston leading Baltimore, 9-3 in the 8th inning.