Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Home runs for the homeless

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies have a chance to hit a home run for the homeless in their playoff series that begins today.

The mayors of Denver and Philadelphia are this year eschewing the traditional gimmicky playoff sports bet — Philly cheesesteaks! Rocky Mountain oysters! — and instead wagering money to help the needy.

The homeless-outreach initiative in the winning city — Denver's Road Home or Philadelphia's Project H.O.M.E. — will receive a $2,000 donation.

It's not much money -- $2,000 is roughly a third of what Rockies star Todd Helton made per pitch faced this season -- but it will go to good use.

Read the Denver Post report here.

This kind of thing sure beats the usual silly civic wagers on sports.


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