Imagine winning a new car, only to be told you can't have it because of the job you used to have.
Steve Avery, one of the "Young Guns" for the early 1990's Atlanta Braves, thought he had scored a new car during contest at a Michigan high school football homecoming game, only to get a nasty surprise.
The 1991 NLCS MVP had Cabrini High School's winning raffle ticket for a chance to win a two-year lease on a Ford Mustang, sponsored by a local car dealership.
To get the car Avery, 41, was given 30 seconds to hit a target with a football some 20 yards away.
He did it!
Fans went wild, Avery was excited and everyone at the game was lead to believe the former Braves star had won the lease sponsored by Taylor Ford.
The car dealership even posted a video on Facebook that shows Avery's sensational throw and celebration. That video and a photo of Avery posing with employees of the car dealer has since been pulled and Avery isn't getting the automobile.
Tricia Reed, customer relations rep for the backtracking dealership, told the Oakland Press there was "confusion" about contest rules. She claims Avery actually had 30 seconds to hit 10 targets, not just the one that he did.
A disclaimer for the contest disqualified former professional football players but had no mention about former Major League Baseball players.
An All-Star in 1993, Avery pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Braves, Red Sox, Reds and Tigers. He was part of the Braves' 1995 World Series championship team and won Game 4, holding the Indians to one run in six innings.
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