The Milwaukee Brewers’ 83 wins in 2007 was the franchise’s most since 1992. While the season was considered a success by many, the Brew Crew still fell two wins short of the pennant winning Chicago Cubs and more importantly to Chris Jollay, four wins short of the Philadelphia Phillies.
WUSA9.COM tells the story of Jollay, a 36 year-old Brewers fan who lives in Alexandria, VA, who bet his college friend David Christman, a Phillies fan before the 2007 season. If the Brewers ended the season with more wins, Jollay would get to move in to Christman’s house and get home cooked meals from the Phillie fan’s wife while Christman would have to live in Jollay’s apartment. If the Phillies won more games, Jollay would have to go homeless in Washington D.C. for a week. Up until late summer it looked as though Jollay would be enjoying the domestic life of his married friend. But the Phils ended up with a win total of 87, forcing the government contractor to go homeless for one week. A man of his word, Jollay says he keeps bets. “Well I had to. You have to honor a bet. I’m big into that. If you give your word to something, you should do it.”
In late June, he finally lived up to the bet. Spending a week on the streets of D.C. with just a Pokemon backpack filled with the following items: 12 power bars and 100-calorie snacks, a disposable camera, $20 dollars, contact lens, a marker and pen, and a bottle of Jack Daniels.
If Ben Sheets would have stayed healthy, the streets of D.C. might have had one less guy on the streets begging for cash.