One New York Mets fan has a bit of an odd way to honor a friend he lost years ago—scattering his ashes across Major League Baseball parks through their plumbing system.
The New York Times caught up with Tom McDonald, who travels around the country with the ashes of his friend Roy Riegel to honor his friend, who died in 2007 at the age of 56.
Of course it’s fitting that a Mets fan is doing a lot of flushing, but the routine works in more ways than one: Riegel was a plumber. And though the story sounds strange, it’s actually quite a touching tale about the friendships we often form through sports and the human bonds we make through fandom.
“I know people might think it’s weird, and if it were anyone else’s ashes, I’d agree,” McDonald told the Times. “But for Roy, this is the perfect tribute to a plumber and a baseball fan and just a brilliant, wild guy.”
But there are rules to this, you know.