There was another victory at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Sunday, but it had nothing to do with baseball.
Ronnie Hribar – owner of Longbeards Bar & Grill in Myrtle Beach – underwent a prostate exam during the seventh inning stretch of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-1 win Sunday, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the club’s second iteration of Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, dubbed the event the “Two Knuckle Challenge.”
Hribar’s goal was to raise over $3,000 dollars for a young local girl Fallon Emery, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in December, 2013. Hribar – a close friend of Emery and her mother, Melanie – reached that goal and then some with the help of fans.
“It’s so awesome what they’re doing for Fallon,” Pelicans fan Jessica Moore, 23, of North Myrtle Beach said. “I don’t even know her, but I’ve seen her Facebook page and I’m just amazed at how strong that little girl is. [Hribar] is pretty strong, too, but nobody is as strong as Fallon.”
Last year, Pelicans president and general manager Andy Milovich was the one who received the exam and before Milovich performed his song for the Pelicans crowd and eventually the nation, he challenged Emery to boost her “Fierce Fallon” Facebook page – which has documented Emery’s courageous battle and spirit – to over 10,000 “Likes” by the day of the game. It hit that number with days to spare and Emery’s Facebook page currently has over 14,000 followers.
Milovich said he was happy to hand over the duty to Hribar, too.
“He’s a really good guy,” Milovich said of Hribar. “He is a good friend of the Emery family and would do anything for them.”
Meanwhile, Pelicans fan April Sherman, 33, of Myrtle Beach, said she was honored to be a part of it all and wants to see more of the same in the future.
“Yeah, it’s kind of weird seeing a prostate exam in the middle of a game. No, but it’s all for a good cause,” Sherman said. “I heard about all of this through a few girls at my work and had to come be a part of it. I’d definitely like them to do it again next year.”
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