Don Povia
CMO at BYB Extreme Fighting Series

My love for sports began when I was little. In the early 80’s my Godfather drove me and my dad an hour south and a toll-bridge away to Vet’s Stadium in Philly to see the great Charlie Hustle in action. Pete Rose had shown up in 1979 from the Reds with a then-unheard-of, four-year, $3.2 million free-agent contract, and the year after that, he led the Phillies to their first World Series win ever: It was a big deal. And in case I hadn’t picked up on that, he even said, “When you’re older, you’ll remember your Godfather took you to see Pete Rose.” So what?  Pete Rose’s reputation was tarnished less than a decade later because gambling allegations forced him to accept a ban from baseball that lasts to this day. Doesn’t matter. I remember being in these shitty outfield seats at the Vet, and my Godfather was so proud. For me and the men in my family, that experience, and that camaraderie still resonates today. It always goes back to the game, and the common experience that unites a community of fans.

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