For one very lucky and responsible Washington Nationals fan, Game 3 of the 2019 World Series® will forever be treasured as an incredible baseball memory. Linda Washington, from Upper Marlboro, MD, cheered loudly for her beloved Nationals from inside Nationals Park on Friday, October 25, 2019. Ms. Washington and her guest received 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” (RHIR) sweepstakes to celebrate responsible fans.
Through the Budweiser Responsible Fan program and the TEAM Coalition Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes, more than 500,000 baseball fans 21 and over pledged to enjoy responsibly and have a safe ride plan during at Major League Baseball ballparks this season.
For the 16th consecutive season, MLB, TEAM Coalition and Budweiser have partnered to make fans aware of the responsibility programs offered at MLB ballparks. These programs and the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes promote positive fan behavior by encouraging responsible drinking and safe ride plans.
Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers promote responsible drinking among baseball fans by implementing Budweiser Responsible Fan programs with 19 MLB ballparks throughout the season. Anheuser-Busch is an official sponsor of Major League Baseball.
As the Washington Nationals Responsible Fan for the Season, Linda Washington received two tickets for Game Three of the 2019 World Series®, was recognized alongside the Budweiser Clydesdales on the field before the game and met MLB and Club officials.
Matt Watley, Commercial Director for Anheuser-Busch, and Keith Chmiel, General Manager for Capital Eagle, joined Ms. Washington on the warning track with the Clydesdales at Game Three.
The Houston Astros Responsible Fan of the Season, Laura Lawhon of Houston, TX, attended Game One of the World Series® at Minute Maid Park as the other RHIR sweepstakes grand prize winner.
During the 2019 MLB regular season, 500,000 baseball fans planned ahead and made a responsible, winning play by pledging to be designated drivers.
The top five MLB Clubs for responsible fans in 2019 are:
- St. Louis Cardinals: 69,483 responsible fans
- Milwaukee Brewers: 38,831 responsible fans
- Los Angeles Dodgers: 31,324 responsible fans
- Minnesota Twins: 28,086 responsible fans
- San Diego Padres: 27,335 responsible fans
US DOT / NHTSA 2018 NATIONAL DATA:
- In 2018, 10,511 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an decrease of 3.6% from the 10,908 fatalities in 2017.
- Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
- Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.