08.25.05

Marlins Suspend Milk Guzzling Batboy

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From ESPN.com (thanks to Sam Hunt for the link)

Milk does a body good, but it didn’t do good for one batboy.

On a dare, a Florida Marlins batboy tried to drink a gallon of milk in under an hour without throwing up. But not only did the batboy not succeed in the challenge, his mere attempt cost him his job for six games, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The Marlins suspended the unidentified batboy for the team’s upcoming six-game homestand against the Cardinals and Mets from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4 for accepting the dare Sunday from Dodgers pitcher (and former Marlin) Brad Penny.

Penny offered the batboy $500 if he could drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour before Sunday’s game without throwing up. Penny told the paper the boy drank the milk and didn’t throw up, but didn’t finish the gallon in the allotted time frame to win the dare.

“It’s kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk,” Penny told the Herald.

”It’s ridiculous that they worry about stuff like that. It shows they [the Marlins organization] don’t know anything about the game. That kind of stuff goes on everywhere. It didn’t affect the way he worked, the way he did his job.”

Unreported by the Herald is the allegation that Penny offered Jack McKeon $500 if he could name every player on the Marlins roster. McKeon, 112, fell asleep before completing the task, and didn’t collect the loot.

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