‘Go Tribe!’ Says Orthodox Jewish, Tzitzit-Sporting Fan Who Threw Ceremonial First Pitch at World Series Game
An Orthodox Jewish travel-industry expert, with his Tzitzit hanging below his baseball jersey, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series final on Wednesday night.
Rabbi Daniel Eleff, CEO and founder of consumer bargain website DansDeals.com, won the privilege of throwing the ball for the Cleveland Indians, his favorite team, at a Starwoods Hotel auction. He said it cost him 1,060,500 “Starpoints” — the equivalent of some $20,000.
Before heading to Cleveland’s Progressive Field — where the Indians were playing the final Word Series game against the Chicago Cubs — Eleff posted on Facebook that he was “excited beyond belief” to be given the opportunity, which he called “a lifelong dream come true.” The Ohio sports fan added, “Wish me luck and go Tribe!”
Shortly before taking to the pitcher’s mound, Eleff met Indians manager Tito Francona and team adviser Mike Hargrove.
This is not the first time Eleff has purchased a baseball-related prize at an auction. Earlier this year, he won the opportunity to play softball at Chicago’s Wrigley Field; in 2013, he traded 25,000 frequent-flier miles for the chance to steal second base at an Indians game; and in 1995, he won tickets to an Indians vs. Atlanta Braves game in the World Series.
The father-of-two created DansDeals in 2007. It was born out of a passion he developed when he was a rabbinical student and searched the web for inexpensive toilet paper for his yeshiva. He now gives seminars on making the most out of credit-card points.