Steve Paul is going to die, and the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) IronPigs are helping take care of him afterward.
On Tuesday night, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate held “Celebration of Life Night” at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. (about an hour north of Philadelphia). By “Celebration of Life Night,” the IronPigs really meant “Funeral Giveaway Night,” because the grand prize of the evening was an all-expenses paid funeral (valued at up to $10,000) from Reichel Funeral Home of Northampton, Pa.
More than 50 entrants completed an essay required to qualify for the funeral prize. Paul, 64, of Freemansburg, Pa. was selected after he wrote that a June diagnosis revealed he was suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He explained that he needed the prize so his family wouldn’t have to bear the funeral expenses after his death.
Kudos to the IronPigs for finding a worthy recipient and classing up what seemed destined to be a sideshow promotion, but our fear is that we’re not that far away from “Snuff Night” or “Physician Assisted Suicide Day” at minor league games.
Doesn’t anyone give out tote bags anymore?