The former GM of the Boston Red Sox is in trouble for supposedly selling World Series tickets to a Massachusetts mayor in exchange for favors to his minor league team.
(”Don’t shoot! I give up!“)
The BOSTON GLOBE reports that Daniel Duquette sold Pittsfield mayor James Ruberto two tickets for the 2004 World Series at face value, in return for allowing Duquette’s Berkshire Dukes baseball team to play in Pittsfield’s Wahconah Park.
Although Duquette didn’t give the tickets to Ruberto for free - which would have been against state law - the State Ethics Commission says the face-value sale still violated a conflict-of-interest statue.
According to a statement from the Commission:
“By selling the World Series tickets to Ruberto at face value, where the general public could only obtain such tickets at prices more than $50 over face value, Duquette provided something of substantial value to Ruberto for or because of official acts to be performed by Ruberto as mayor.”
The Commission added that similar tickets to Duquette’s $190 seats were later going for as much as $2,000 on Internet sites.
Both Duquette & Ruberto deny they’ve broken any state law. Ruberto’s attoney Leonard Cohen explained the real reason for his client’s questioned purchase:
“He purchased two tickets at face value ($190/ea) to the second game of the 2004 Red Sox World Series for one reason and one reason only. He, like countless other Red Sox fans in New England and elsewhere, at last had hopes that his beloved team would win the World Series in his lifetime.”
How touching. Well, now they’ve won it twice, so we can’t feel sorry for Sox fans anymore. So, toss them in the clink & throw the key away - if only to have two less Red Sox fans roaming free.