For at least two nights a week in March, bar staff tells Page Two, star pitcher Dontrelle Willis, described as the ringleader, second baseman Dan Uggla and others were known to swing by the Riviera Beach joint and shower the gals with dollar bills until 3 a.m.I'm sure Willis' PR people are loving the fact the Post used the word "ringleader," but if they're throwing around that much dough I have to imagine he was bankrolling these trips -- Uggla made close to the big-league minimum last year, and the Marlins rank second-to-last in payroll in the entire majors. (But Randy Messenger is hot? That confused me, too.) Before you question the intentions of these young men, realize that they were apparently taking part in a community outreach program to support single moms:
"There'd be, like, $3,000 in singles on the table," said waitress Nicole Spelling. "When they liked someone, a bunch of them would just go up and throw dollar bills in the air by the handful. There'd be so much money on the stage that the girls had to get champagne buckets to pick it up. And (pitcher) Randy Messenger is, like, so hot."
Spelling, 24, of WPB, was on the receiving end of the boys-of-summer's generosity ... . One night last week, the single mom kept hearing from her 2-year-old son's baby sitter that the little tyke was running a 102-degree fever and vomiting.Awww. What a guy!
"I was going crazy because I couldn't leave. There weren't enough waitresses and, frankly, I needed the money just to pay my bills," she said. "Next thing I know, Dontrelle hands me $1,000 from them all and tells me to go home to my kid. They got permission from management for me."
(via Lieutenant Winslow and Deadspin)