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Roberts loans special cleats to Hall of Fame

Spikes were ones he wore for Red Sox in 2004 ALCS against the Yankees

Roberts loans special cleats to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum came calling on Wednesday for Padres first-base coach Dave Roberts.

Well, actually just for his spikes.

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Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson was in the Padres' clubhouse at Citi Field on Wednesday to pick up the cleats that Roberts wore during the 2004 playoffs when he was with the Red Sox.

Those cleats -- Nike cleats, size nine to be exact -- were the ones he wore when he stole that infamous base during the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. The team went on to win the World Series that fall.

The cleats are on loan for an exhibit, Roberts said.

"Instead of outright giving them to the Hall, I felt comfortable keeping them in my family," Roberts said. "But for them to consider having my spikes in the Hall is a great honor. Jeff drove down today [from Cooperstown, N.Y.] to pick them up."

As you might imagine, it's not like these special cleats were taking up space aside other shoes inside of Roberts' closet at home.

"I have a special Major League-sized locker in my sports room with some of my old jerseys, a few signed jerseys from former teammates and other mementos," Roberts said.

Roberts said the cleats are actually still in pretty good shape.

"Those are the shoes I wore for the playoffs and the World Series," Roberts said. "You can still see some materiel left over from my red socks in there and the No. 31 written in there."

But are there any stolen bases left in the shoes?

"Not from this body," said Roberts, 40, who played his last game in 2008.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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