While this has nothing to do with the Phillies (and could show my obvious obsession with the Mets), this was an interesting little thing passed into my hands today that I had to post â€” Mets, Yankees and Red Sox players now have featured wines to benefit charity.
From a Charity Hop press release about the New York teams:
Putting their cross-town rivalry aside in the name of philanthropy, a quintet of local heroes has teamed up with Charity Wines to raise some big league dollars for a host of worthy causes. Jorge Posada & Bobby Abreu join stars Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, and Brian Schneider to round out the New York series. The group becomes part of a growing number of athletes nationally to launch their own wine labels. The players do not benefit financially from this initiative. 100% of their proceeds go directly to the charity of their choice!
The all star lineup looks like this:
- Jorge Posada: Jorge Cabernet â€“ benefiting The Jorge Posada Foundation
- Bobby Abreu: Abreu’s Finest â€“ benefiting the Police Athletic League (PAL)
- Jose Reyes: CaberReyes â€“ benefiting Major League Baseball Players Trust
- Johan Santana: Santanaâ€™s Select â€“ benefiting The Johan Santana Foundation
- Brian Schneider: Schneider Schardonnay â€“ benefiting The Catching for Kids Foundation
And the Red Sox wines are:
- David Ortiz: Vintage Papi â€“ benefiting The David Ortiz Childrenâ€™s Fund
- Jason Varitek: Captain’s Cabernet â€“ benefiting Pitching in For Kids
- Kevin Youkilis: SauvignYoouuk Blanc â€“ benefiting Hits for Kids
- Curt Schilling: Schilling Schardonnay â€“ benefiting Curt’s Pitch for ALS
- Tim Wakefield: CaberKnuckle â€“ benefiting Pitching in for Kids
The wines will be $13 and will be available in proximity to each team. (Mets and Yankees wines will be available in New Jersey.) Obvious jokes include: “Drinking Abreu’s Finest will make you shield away from dangerous routine fly balls” and “Don’t drink CaberReyes in September, you’ll likely choke.” On a positive note, it’s good seeing the Police Athletic League and Curt’s Pitch for ALS get more help. And you have to admit, “Vintage Papi” is a great name for a wine.