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August 26, 2005

On a dare, a batboy for the Florida Marlins baseball team tried last Sunday to drink a gallon of milk in under an hour without throwing up. It cost him a 6-game suspension by the Marlins. And to add insult to injury, he lost the bet.

The Miami Herald reports that the team suspended the unidentified batboy for accepting the dare from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher (and former Marlin) Brad Penny.

Penny had offered the batboy $500 if he could drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour before the game without throwing up. Penny told the Herald that while the boy drank the milk and kept it down, he didn't finish the gallon in the allotted time, so he lost.

Still, Penny sympathized with the batboy. "It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a 6-game suspension for milk," he told the Herald.

''It's ridiculous that they worry about stuff like that. It shows they [the Marlins organization] don't know anything about the game. That kind of stuff goes on everywhere. It didn't affect the way he worked, the way he did his job.''

Penny told the Herald that he intends to compensate the batboy for his lost wages.

Source: Miami Herald

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