An ill-conceived bet about Joe Blanton led a Dodgers fan to eat entirely too much ballpark food
Hey, a bet's a bet.
For most of his career, Joe Blanton was a starting pitcher. In 2013, he re-emerged as a reliever, and did quite well for the Royals and Pirates before the Dodgers signed him ahead of the 2016 season. One fan who goes by the Twitter moniker @TheAmitie, however, was skeptical that Blanton would be much of a presence for Los Angeles this season. So much so, in fact, that he put a lot on the line when making a preseason bet that he shared on Twitter:
If Joe Blanton pitches 75+ innings of league average ERA next year, I will eat one of everything on the menu at dodger stadium- DPilot Sports Expert (@TheAmitie) January 19, 2016
As the summer wore on, Blanton continued pitching (well) and @TheAmitie realized he had to reaffirm his bet:
Some people made some good points on ways I could welch on this bet, but if he makes it, I'll do my best to follow through- DPilot Sports Expert (@TheAmitie) August 26, 2016
In preparation of this becoming a reality, he even launched a Kickstarter campaign about it.
Well, as it turns out, Blanton was a linchpin of manager Dave Roberts' bullpen for the NL West-winning Dodgers, throwing 80 innings and posting a 2.48 ERA in that span -- with 80 strikeouts, to boot.
@TheAmitie's day of reckoning came in Monday's NLDS Game 3 matchup between the Nationals and Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Naturally, his struggle was documented on social media:
After update chronicling his saga:
When asked to comment about his day of gorging at the Stadium, he had plenty to say.
So, why Joe Blanton?
At what point in your eating did you realize you'd had enough?
Any important lessons to take away from this experience?
Let this be a warning to anybody out there that might want to make a similar bet on social media in the future -- this is the sort of thing that can happen if you do ... so be careful out there. Check out the entire interview below:
Blanton pitched well in Game 3, striking out three over 1 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, the Dodgers lost, 8-3, and will face the Nats in Game 4 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1 on Tuesday.