While the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers battle in the World Series, one fan is already a winner.
Nicholas Haas, 38, guessed the exact number of baseballs inside a semi-truck trailer owned by Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. and earned tickets to each of the next three World Series.
Haas bested more than 51,000 entrants with his winning guess of 178,596 baseballs. The Trucks.com article announcing the contest drew more than 90 guesses from readers – the closest of which, an estimate of 177,269 by Wesley Marino, who was off by only 1,327 balls.
Old Dominion launched the contest in July during the Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Miami. The contest invited baseball fans to estimate the number of baseballs loaded inside a custom-built trailer with Plexiglass windows.
Old Dominion introduced Haas – a life-long fan of the Astros – and his wife Abbey as the winners of its “Seats to the World Series” sweepstakes before the first pitch of Game Two.
The couple hoped to attend the World Series to see the Texas Rangers play in 2016 but the team lost in the playoffs.
“I didn’t think we’d get another chance,” Haas said.
The truck traveled nearly 8,800 miles across 29 states to visit seven baseball stadiums and attend 24 MLB games to give eventgoers a chance at winning.
Abbey Haas spotted the truck during a Rangers game in Arlington, Tex., in July and encouraged Nicholas to enter.
Old Dominion is the Official Freight Carrier of Major League Baseball.
“We’re excited to introduce OD to new fans and share the premium service we deliver for our customers every day,” said David Carter, a vice president of Old Dominion.