Apple CEO says company paying Indians’ bullpen ‘ransom’

Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook holds up the 100th career home run ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Brandon Moss, in front of a "ransom note" of Apple products that will be given to Moss' teammates in exchange for the ball, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference event in San Francisco, Monday, June 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company will pick up the tab and pay the “ransom” demanded by the Indians bullpen for a home run ball.

When Indians slugger Brandon Moss hit his 100th career home run last week in Kansas City, the ball landed in the visitor’s bullpen at Kauffman Stadium. Moss was then sent an itemized list — scribbled on a sheet of paper — by Cleveland’s relievers, who demanded several Apple products including iPads, iPhones and watches in exchange for his personal souvenir.

On Monday, Cook said at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco that the company would help Moss and pay for the trendy gadgets. An Indians spokesman said an Apple representative came to Cleveland on Friday to retrieve the ball, which Moss held up at the conference as the bullpen’s “note” was shown on a screen behind him.

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