A batboy who accepted a dare Sunday by trying to drink a gallon of milk without throwing up has been suspended by the Marlins for his actions.
The unidentified batboy will not be allowed to work the upcoming, six-game homestand at Dolphins Stadium against the Cardinals and Mets from Aug. 29 through Sept. 4.
The Marlins refused to comment on the suspension.
But Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, who offered $500 to the batboy if he could drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour before Sunday’s game, was angry about the decision.
”It’s kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk,” Penny said.
Penny pitched for the Marlins from 2000 until the middle of last season, when he was traded to the Dodgers.
”It’s ridiculous that they worry about stuff like that,” Penny said. “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.”
According to Penny, the batboy drank the gallon of milk within the time allotment but was unable to keep it down.
‘He drank it down to the last drop,” Penny said. “But he couldn’t hold it in. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.”
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