SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- It sounded like a great event -- three Mariners legends signing autographs for charity. But instead of raising money, it left hundreds of fans empty handed when event coordinators failed to fulfill their promises.
The fundraiser was to be held at the Burger King in Sedro-Woolley. The business sent out flyers to customers, promising appearances by Mariners legends Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson and Edgar Martinez. The flyers said fans could buy autographed baseballs and bats with proceeds benefiting the Moyer Foundation. But on the day of the event came, it was a strikeout for fans when their baseball heroes were a no-show.
It made me angry why they would advertise something when they are not going to show, said Jasmine Muntos, who waited for hours in the line.
So where were the players? According to Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale, they didn't show because they didn't know about the event.
We have not heard anything about an event that would include Jay, Dan and Edgar. And certainly, if even one of them was involved, we would have been involved at some point, said Hale.
Making matters worse, fans said event organizers were telling stories about the missing players. Fans said they heard the trio had left for the casino. One even heard claims about Edgar's health.
They constantly said he was sick they went so far to say he was rushed to Harborview by his friends, said one fan.
We tried calling the owner of the Burger King and he hung up before answering any questions. Burger King corporate said it didn't know about the event but is looking into the matter. The Moyer Foundation also said it was unaware of the fundraiser.