Who doesn't love a good game of beer pong? Probably Mothers Against Drunk Driving and anyone who lost a loved one because of a drunk driver. Well, then, that would make this independent baseball team promotion very strange.
The Newark Bears are saying goodbye to their pitching coach Jim Leyritz this coming Thursday. The team is giving a generous donation of $2,000 to M.A.D.D. in the fomer MLB player's honor. If you remember, Leyritz was acquitted of DUI manslaughter charges this past November, in connection with a 2007 accident in which Leyritz’s vehicle struck another vehicle, killing the driver.
From the Newark Bears press release:
The Newark Bears are donating $2,000 to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) as a special farewell to one of their coaches, Jim Leyritz’s (sic). The Bears hope to help draw awareness during the teams (sic) last Thirsty Thursday of the season.
Although a Beer Pong Tournament will be hosted that night, the owners thought by hosting this event with all parties and attractions, it would support the important need of how people can have fun responsibly. (Designated Drivers) $20 includes; admission to the game and beer pong tournament. Winner will receive 50% of proceeds generated from the tournament registrations.
After you're done getting sloshed playing beer pong, you can go get an autograph and offer a beer to some of the Newark coaches, including Leyritz and Ozzie Canseco — who was arrested and charged with a DUI in Florida in January.
I wonder if the Newark Bears are honoring Rafik Hariri on their Beirut drinking game night. (For the non-history buffs, Hariri was the former Lebanese Prime Minister who was assassinated in Beirut in 2005).