Wade Boggs hoping to sell fishing boat Rays gave him for 3,000th hit

Wade Boggs is selling the boat the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays gave him for hitting his 3,000th hit with the team.

The Hall of Famer consigned the $50,000 custom Mercury 19-foot bass fishing boat, which has a facsimile of his signature and "3000" and the old Devil Rays logo, to New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions.

The boat, which is carpeted in Rays blue and silver, has not been used since Boggs received it in August 1999.

"When (owner) Vince Naimoli asked my wife what I would want as a gift, she told him a bass boat," Boggs told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I never used it because I kind of thought it was more valuable out of the water than in it."

Boggs, an accomplished fisherman who said he recently caught a 500 pound marlin in the Galapagos Islands, also loves to hunt.

"I have some hunting trips coming up and I could use the extra cash," Boggs said.

Boggs tried to sell the boat once before, in November of last year, but it received no bids, he said.

In order to attract more bidders, Boggs is throwing in a daylong fishing trip with the person who wins the bid when they pick up the boat.

When Boggs went into the Hall of Fame in 2005 rumors circulated that Naimoli was offering Boggs $1 million to go in with a Rays hat on his plaque, which Boggs asserts never happened.

Boggs instead went in with a Red Sox hat on, even though the Red Sox themselves have yet to retire his number.

Boggs said Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told his agent Alan Nero that the team wouldn't retire his No. 26 because he played for the Yankees.

"All I know is their retiring someone's number on July 28 who played fewer years than I played for the organization and he went and played for the Mets, who we lost to in 1986," Boggs said.

Boggs is referring to Pedro Martinez, whose number will be retired two days after the pitcher gets enshrined in Cooperstown.

Bidding on the auction, which includes the boat, opens next Wednesday with the final bids taking place live at the National Sports Collectors Convention on July 31 in Chicago.