Bill Murray attempts to bribe umpires before Charleston RiverDogs season opener
The New York Yankees' Single-A affiliate Charleston RiverDogs opened up their 2017 season on Thursday, and the team's co-owner and "Director of Fun," Bill Murray, got up to some hi-jinks before the first pitch was even thrown.
Murray, in attendance to kick off the new year and catch the ceremonial first pitch, took a moment before the game got underway to try and influence the umpires with a not-so-subtle cash bribe.
The umpires dutifully refused the tempting offer, but Murray just wanted to help his team gain whatever edge they could, as they looked to get the season off on the right foot.
Unfortunately for Murray and the RiverDogs, their opener ended in a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Lexington Legends, but top Yankees prospect Blake Rutherford showed promising signs after drawing a pair of walks and picking up one of the team's five hits on the night.
Perhaps Murray's attempts to line the pockets of the game's officiating crew induced some bad karma for the RiverDogs, but it was all in good fun, as the umpires withdrew with big smiles and laughs upon realizing Murray's intentions.
The RiverDogs will be back in action Friday evening looking to avenge their season opening loss, but there's no word yet as to whether or not Murray will be back again to pull any more stunts. But as the RiverDogs pointed out on Twitter, "If they didn't take it, it's not bribing ... right?"