In what appears to be a great little contest, Delta Air Lines has committed to donating a total of $150,000 to the charities of Derek Jeter and Mets 3B David Wright. In a batting challenge that will last the entire season, the player with the highest batting average will receive $100,000 for his charity, while the loser will receive $50,000.
Jeter is batting for his charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, which aims to keep young people off of drugs and alcohol while promoting healthy living. Wright will be batting for his charity, the David Wright Foundation, which raises money to support health and emotional development and education for children.
Both players had an opportunity to play together on Team USA this March and grew a mutual respect for each other. “I will follow the face of the New York Mets,” Jeter said, to laughter. “I had the opportunity to play with David in the Classic and actually get to know him. Not only is he a tremendous player, but he’s a great person and a great leader. I’m looking forward to it.”
“It’s an incredible opportunity and it’s a win-win for both of us,” Wright said. “I’m hoping to go out there and put on a good show for the fans and be able to be rewarded in a nice way, helping out both of the foundations.”
The only stipulation is that each player must reach 400 plate appearances, otherwise Delta will cancel the contest and simply donate $75,000 to each charity.