The Iron Pigs’ Strange Promotions Touch Your Heart, Elsewhere

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Those are the themes around which the Iron Pigs’ promotions center this year.

Last night, the team held its long-awaited funeral night, which gave one lucky fan an all-expenses-paid trip to the bottom of a dirt hole. It wasn’t as morbid as it sounds, however. It turned out to be a nice event. Steve Paul, the winner of the $10,000 funeral package, has ALS and said the prize was for his family:

“No one is prepared for their own ending of the journey,” said Paul. “We were not prepared financially, emotionally or anything else.”

Paul is the winner of the $10,000 funeral package.

He was diagnosed in early June. Two weeks later he entered the promotion and wrote the required essay to the IronPigs.

He cried, but focused on his message: “It’s not for me, it’s for my family.”

“Writing the letter, and coming to grips I will be needing these things, was very hard. And finding the words to express it,” said Paul.

“It’s shaken my world, shaken my family’s world,” said his daughter, Robyn Paul. “This is one less thing we have to worry about.”

The promotion’s sponsor, Reichel Funeral Home, chose Paul out of 50 entries.

But when they’re not installing watersports games in the men’s room or giving away the perfect funeral, the Iron Pigs are doing their best to prevent death.

On Tuesday, August 27, they will hold prostate cancer awareness night. There’s nothing particularly strange about that, though. It’s not like they’re giving away comically large foam fi…

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… they are giving away comically large foam fingers!

Congratulations to our prostate exam winner, Ben Dover! Number one tonight… number two tomorrow!!


4 Responses

  1. Glad to hear it went to a good man despite the awful circumstances.

    My grandfather, who was the fuckin’ man, died of ALS, fucking horrible…my best to him and his family.

    also, Doc is cooked…thanks for ’10 & ’11!

  2. Can’t say enough about the need for Prostate Cancer awareness. Currently, my father in-law is dealing with Prostate Cancer, and its not going well. Sadly, this is such a treatable form of cancer if caught early with proper screening. Unfortunately, once its allowed to take hold, it can become extremely tough to deal with.

    Guys, swallow your pride, bend over and get your butt plugged. It could mean the difference between reading a story about winning a free funeral or being the one who wins the free funeral.

  3. odd for a baseball game, sure. but there is a fine line between laughing about this and understanding its importance. it doesn’t become real for most of you until it hits directly at home as it did for me.

    kyle- been reading you for many years. dont think you’ll be getting as many laughs on this one as you think. you’ve got a presence in philly now… find ways to be a positive voice and a positive influence. being sensitive to the topic of cancer and end of life. it will affect you or your dad or someone you know at some point. 1 in 2 men get some form of cancer during their lifetime. i am a leading volunteer for a cancer organization that has an uphill battle 1000x that of this year’s phillies. you could have and should have taken a much more sophisticated and powerful angle within this post. have some respect, and earn respect in the process.

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