Once again, another baseball star is putting his fame and celebrity aside and unlike his previous excursions into the world of poker that were so well documented by the New York City media, this time around, he’s playing cards to help others.
A-rod is without a doubt one of the most well known of the New York Yankees and he draws the spotlight wherever he goes. On Saturday, January 21, 2006, A-rod and a host of other celebrities and athletes are set to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami in the 2nd Annual Dewar’s 12 Hold’em Poker Tournament.
300 players will get the chance to mix it up with a “who’s who” of A-list artists and athletes like Michael Jordan, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Lenny Kravits, Vin Diesel, Glenn Rice, and Gary Sheffield.
A-rod’s sometimes playing buddy and poker legend Phil Hellmuth will act as emcee and will also be providing some tips when he’s not busy with his announcing duties.
Held at one of Sotheby’s International Realty’s exclusive multi-million dollar listings on the private island of Indian Creek Village, the event is sure to be the talk of the town as players battle it out on the felt for the grand prize of a one year lease on a Mercedes-Benz C230WZ courtesy of Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz.
Sometimes, I do wonder if it’s just easier for these guys to write a check and then spend the day with their families instead. Actually, it shows more commitment to a cause when you fork over your own money rather than just lend your name and face to get others to spend their money.
Michael Kay always quotes Buck Showalter with the line of “If you do something good for someone, and somebody other than you and them knows about it, you have to question what your intention was really all about.”
Part of me wants to question this whole charity poker thing – but, the other part says, well, at least the kids are getting something here. But, again, for A-Rod’s rep, and the Yankees’ as well, I just wish the players involved had thought of another theme to get this done.