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The luckiest man on the face of the earth, or just Albuquerque
2006-05-17 11:20
by Bob Timmermann

The Albuquerque Tribune has the story of Larry Trujillo, a 45-year old hair stylist from Albuquerque.

On August 1, 2005, Trujillo attended an Albuquerque Isotopes game and signed up for an in-game contest where he could win a car if an Isotopes player hit a grand slam in the third inning. And on that day, the Isotopes loaded the bases and Jason Wood hit a grand slam and Trujillo won the contest and got a 2005 Nissan XTrerra.

Now, let's move ahead to May 5. Trujillo goes to an Isotopes game, enters the same contest, has his name selected, and ... Paul Hoover hits a grand slam in the third and Trujillo drives home in a 2006 Ford Escape.

No word yet on whether or not Trujillo is playing the lottery in New Mexico with the number 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 however.

2006-05-17 12:04:56
1.   Humma Kavula
Two years in a row, that guy is gonna get killed on his taxes.
2006-05-17 12:49:27
2.   Bob Timmermann
I don't know what New Mexico rules are like, but in California if you win a free car, you have to pay the sales tax on it right up front before you can take title on it.
2006-05-17 13:38:22
3.   DXMachina
He'll be fine as long as he doesn't take any trans-Pacific flights.
2006-05-17 15:30:21
4.   Jacob L
Well, he not only takes the tax hit, but both of those cars will cost you for gassing up.

On another note, when did Albuquerque become the Isotopes? Did they have to pay a rights fee to the Simpsons?

2006-05-17 15:55:06
5.   Kayaker7
4 Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The only Isotopes I know play for Springfield.
2006-05-17 15:58:43
6.   Jacob L
'Topes win a game. 'Topes win a game.
2006-05-17 16:10:43
7.   Bob Timmermann
When Albuquerque got its AAA franchise back, they picked Isotopes as the name in part because of "The Simpsons" episode about Albuquerque trying to get the Springfield Isotopes to move. I believe that episode was called "Hungry Homer".
2006-05-17 16:25:07
8.   Kayaker7
I grew up watching the El Paso Diablos. Okay, we didn't really watch. We went to eat 10 cent hot dogs, and later when I got older, drink beer.

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