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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: General view as Citi Field is seen prior to Game Four of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Have you heard the one about the New York Mets fan who goes by Porky and has flushed some of his late friend’s ashes down the toilet at more than a dozen MLB stadiums?

If not, the New York Times is all over it, reporting from a Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field earlier this season:

Nature was calling, and so was his obligation to his childhood friend and fellow Mets fan Roy Riegel, whose death nine years ago left Mr. McDonald, 56, vowing to honor their baseball bonds in an unconventional way: by disposing of Mr. Riegel’s ashes in ballparks across the country.

Even more unusual was his chosen method: flushing them down public restroom toilets in the ballparks between innings.

Tom McDonald certainly has found a unique way to remember a friend — especially a hard-living plumber who loved baseball, which apparently describes Porky’s pal.

“I know people might think it’s weird, and if it were anyone else’s ashes, I’d agree,” he told the Times. “For Roy, this is the perfect tribute to a plumber and a baseball fan and just a brilliant, wild guy.”


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