Cleveland, OH (10/26/2016) – For one very lucky and responsible Cleveland Indians fan, last night’s World Series game will forever be treasured as an incredible baseball memory. Seeing her first Indians World Series game in 19 years, Amelia Reid from Oberlin, OH, cheered loudly for her beloved Indians from inside Progressive Field. Ms. Reid 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” sweepstakes to celebrate designated drivers. Ms. Reid was randomly chosen from more than 17,000 Indians fans who pledged to be designated drivers at Progressive 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 Indians Designated Driver for the Season, Ms. Reid received two tickets for Game One of the 2016 World Series®, was recognized on the video scoreboard and met MLB and Club officials. The Chicago Cubs Designated Driver for the Season, Becky Yaworski of Chicago, IL, will attend Game Three of the World Series® at Wrigley 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