Some people scrape by doing the bare minimum. Some people do just what is asked of them, or perhaps a little bit more. And then there are the overachievers.
Luke Yoder is an overachiever.
Yoder is the head groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres. He is generally considered to be best groundskeeper in baseball. People rave about the surfaces at Petco Park. Yoder’s assistant groundskeepers are routinely hired to be head groundskeepers at other major league ballparks. He has taken what could be a fairly routine job, and turned it into an art form.
He is also the latest member of the Padres organization to post a video of himself taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help benefit research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The first to be doused with icy water was manager Bud Black, who did so on national TV on Thursday. Since then, Dave Roberts has accepted the challenge, and now Yoder. But while most people have simply poured a wastebasket or maybe a Gatorade bucket of icy water over their heads, Yoder’s video packs a little more punch.
The sheer volume of the dump escalates Yoder into the upper echelon of Challeng-ees, joining the ranks of Senator Lisa Murkowski, Phoenix Jones, and Paul Ference. The reigning champion of the challenge, however, remains Paul Bissonnette.
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The efforts of Yoder and all the bucket dumpers before him have raised over $15 million so far to support research for ALS.