Tuesday May 10th, 2016

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Hitting a home run comes with lots of rewards. There is the sense of pride that comes with crushing a baseball, the satisfaction of helping your team towards a win, eliciting a cheer from the home crowd, or stunned silence at an away game. For Brandon Laird of the Nippon Ham Fighters, a recent homer came with a more tangible reward: a year’s supply of beer.

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Laird, who previously played in the MLB from 2011-2013 for the Yankees and Astros, struck a shot of an advertisement for the Kirin Brewery in the Sapporo Dome (which is named for the city of Sapporo, not the brewery Sapporo) earning himself 365 days of free Kirin products, according to CBS Sports

The infielder also got $10,000 for hitting the sign, which he could spend on anything he wanted, but should probably also spend on more beer.

– Brendan Maloy

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