Tim Cook Says Apple Will Pay Baseball Ransom for Moss’s Home Run

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Holds up a baseball as he delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Holds up a baseball as he delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

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Apple Inc. will meet the Cleveland Indians’ ransom demands.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company would supply the team’s players with Apple products in return for their giving teammate Brandon Moss his 100th home run baseball.

Moss earlier this month hit a ball into the Indians’ bullpen for his personal milestone homer. The Indians players in the bullpen demanded a horde of items in return for the ball, including 11 Apple products. Among the items requested were Apple Watches, iPads and MacBook Airs.

“It’s a shopping list for the Apple Store,” Cook said while holding up the baseball Monday at Apple’s annual developers conference in San Francisco. “Brandon would have had to raid an Apple Store to get that ball back. That didn’t seem quite right to us. And, so, what we’re gonna do, is we’re gonna pay the ransom.

The 31-year-old Moss is batting .245 with 10 home runs this season. He now has 101 career homers.

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