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►  Man Honors Childhood Friend ... by Flushing His Ashes

“I went to the bathroom, and I was like, I know what to do,“ Tom McDonald tells the New York Daily News. Roy Riegel, McDonald’s childhood friend and fellow New York Mets superfan, died in 2008 at the age of 48. McDonald kept Riegel’s ashes in a peanut can wrapped in Mets ticket stubs next to his collection of baseball autographs and World Series highlights, but he wasn’t sure exactly what to do with them, the AP reports. According to the New York Times, the answer presented itself after a trip to a bar’s men’s room: flush his friend’s ashes down the toilet. Since McDonald’s stroke of genius, he’s flushed scoops of Riegel’s ashes at 16 Major League stadiums around the country.

McDonald calls it the “perfect tribute” to his friend, “the best plumber you ever saw” who “walked that tightrope between genius and insanity.“ Hank Riegel agrees, saying his brother “would definitely approve of it.“ There are rules to McDonald’s tribute to Riegel: a baseball game must be in progress when the ashes are flushed, and if McDonald also has to use the facilities, “I always flush in between.“ McDonald has flushed Riegel’s ashes in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago (though not at Wrigley Field due to the Cubs’ rival status), to name a few. McDonald says he has enough ashes left for one final flush, which he plans to do at North Carolina’s Durham Athletic Park, where the movie Bull Durham was filmed.


►  Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today, Jones says he “was called the n-word a handful of times” and also had a bag of peanuts thrown at him. He says it was some of the worst behavior directed at him in his 12-year career—though he says it’s not the first time he’s been the victim of racist insults at Fenway. The Red Sox say a fan was removed from the stadium for throwing something at a player and another was removed for language directed toward a player, CBS Boston reports.

“No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park,“ Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says in a statement. He says the organization is “sickened” by the “inexcusable behavior” of “an ignorant few.“ Mayor Marty Walsh adds that the behavior was that of a “racist” fan and not indicative of the kind of city Boston is. The Red Sox say about 30 people were ejected from Fenway during Monday’s game. That’s more than double the normal amount. Jones says there need to be stiffer punishments than being removed from the stadium for fans who throw things at players, risking injury and their livelihood.


►  Ex-NBA Star Brandon Roy Shot While Protecting Kids

A former NBA All-Star and current high-school basketball coach of the year was shot Saturday near Los Angeles while shielding a number of children from gunfire, USA Today reports. According to KING 5, Brandon Roy was attending a party at his grandmother’s house in Compton when two men walked up. A source tells USA Today the men “opened fire randomly,“ and four people were hit. All four victims—including Roy, who was shot in the leg—had non-life-threatening injuries. Roy was treated in California before flying home to Seattle to recover. Police have not made any arrests in the shooting nor identified a motive, though a source tells KING the shooting might be gang-related.

Roy was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2007 while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. He would go on to become a three-time All-Star in his six seasons in the NBA before being forced to retire due to knee injuries. The 32-year-old was undefeated this year during his first season coaching basketball at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Yahoo Sports reports. Nathan Hale was the country’s top-ranked team, and Roy won the Naismith High School Coach of the Year award.

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