Baseball may be America’s pastime, but the Japanese are clearly the ones who have perfected the sport because players in their top level Nippon Professional Baseball league can win massive amounts of beer with a single home run. That’s what happened to former Major Leaguer Brandon Laird whose newfound career in Japan is probably that much more palatable thanks to scoring a huge stockpile of Kirin.
In a game against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday, Laird launched a home run that bounced off a Kirin beer sign in the left field bleachers. Not only did it extend the lead of his team the Ham Fighters (why the hell do we get so excited about a minor league team calling themselves the Steaks for one day when the Japanese professional league has the freakin’ Ham Fighters?!) but the solo shot also earned him a $10,000 cash prize and a year’s supply of beer from the famous Japanese beer brand.