Chicago, IL (10/28/2016) – For one very lucky and responsible Chicago Cubs fan, last night’s World Series® game will forever be treasured as an incredible baseball memory. Seeing her first Cubs World Series game (the first at Wrigley Field in 71 years), Becky Yaworski from Chicago, IL, cheered loudly for her beloved Cubs from inside the ballpark. Ms. Yaworski and her guest received two tickets to the game as her reward for being a responsible fan. She was one of the two grand prize winners of the League-wide “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes to celebrate designated drivers. Ms. Yaworski was randomly chosen from more than 11,000 Cubs fans who pledged to be designated drivers at Wrigley Field this season, ensuring safe rides home for their friends and family.
For the 13th consecutive season, MLB, Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition and Budweiser have joined together to make fans aware of the designated driver programs offered at MLB ballparks. The designated driver programs and the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes promote safer roads by encouraging responsible drinking and positive fan behavior.
Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers promote responsible drinking among baseball fans by implementing Budweiser Good Sport fan responsibility programs with 23 MLB ballparks throughout the season. Anheuser-Busch is an official sponsor of Major League Baseball and the 2016 World Series.
As the Cubs Designated Driver for the Season, Ms. Yaworski received two tickets for Game Three of the 2016 World Series, was recognized on the video scoreboard and met MLB and Club officials. The Cleveland Indians Designated Driver for the Season, Amelia Reid of Oberlin, OH, attended Game One of the World Series at Progressive Field as the other RHIR sweepstakes grand prize winner.
During the 2016 MLB regular season, nearly 585,000 baseball fans planned ahead and made a responsible, winning play by pledging to be designated drivers.
The top five MLB Clubs for designated drivers in 2016 are:
- St. Louis Cardinals: 63,081 designated drivers
- San Diego Padres: 49,245 designated drivers
- Milwaukee Brewers: 39,632 designated drivers
- Toronto Blue Jays: 33,880 designated drivers
- Detroit Tigers: 31,301 designated drivers