Here's a pretty cool – and fairly rare – opportunity for a baseball fan. And it's for a good cause.

ESPN's Buster Olney, a former Baltimore Sun baseball writer who grew up on a Vermont dairy farm, is raising funds for Vermont farmers who were devastated by Hurricane Irene flooding.


"Going to bat for Vermont Farmers" is running an on-line auction with tons of baseball memorabilia available to the highest bidder – and all proceeds will be distributed by the Vermont Community Foundation's Farm Disaster Relief Fund.

Lots of interesting items, including many with a Boston Red Sox/New England flair.

Here's one that has a distinctive Orioles' angle.

Jamie Murphy, the player agent that represents Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis as well as big leaguers David Aardsma and Mark Ellis, spends his summers in Vermont.

And he has volunteered to donate a unique baseball package to the cause: Murphy is auctioning off a day with him: That includes lunch for two with Murphy, field passes to an Orioles-Red Sox game at Fenway Park next year and a meet-and-greet on the Fenway Park field with Markakis – which will include autographs from the O's right fielder.

Murphy is one of the more accessible and friendly agents I have dealt with, so I am sure he'll be willing to answer most of your questions – (even Bob L's inquiries about the Markakis' extension). If you get any scoops, let me know.

Could be a really cool experience for two fans, especially Markakis' fans. It won't be cheap, though. It was closing in on $1,000 the last I looked. But, again, it is for charity.

Here's a link to the site: www.battingforvermont.com