Vinny Cerrato backs out of Baysox dunk tank


(Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

“We’re really happy he’s being a good sport, and he has just been a lot of fun to work with and get it done,” [Baysox assistant GM Phil] Wrye said. “We don’t want the event to be mean-spirited or vindictive; we just want people to come out, have fun, donate to a good charity, and get a chance to say, ‘Hey, I got to get my frustration out. I got to wear my Redskins jersey, dunk Vinny and tell everybody about it at work the next day.”

About that “good charity” part: the event will benefit the Jimmy V Foundation, a group Cerrato does work with. That charity was chosen in consultation with Cerrato and 105.7 The Fan. The dunk tank sales will benefit the foundation, and a special online ticketing portal will be set up, with a portion of the sales from that portal also going to the Jimmy V Foundation.

This week, the Baysox have announced that Cerrato has backed out of Sunday’s tank duties. While there will still be a silent auction to benefit the foundation, the dunk tank is no more.

As for Cerrato, he agreed to increase his already-planned live 105.7 broadcast from the stadium from two hours to three.

“It was decided that a three-hour live broadcast, with Vinny interacting with the listeners and audience, was better,” 105.7 program manager Dave Lebrozzi told me via e-mail.

There will no longer be dunk-tank sales to donate to charity and fans don’t get a dunk tank, so it’s unclear who that’s better for besides Cerrato.

Besides, a three-hour Cerrato broadcast or the chance to dunk him in a tank? I think 99 out of 100 people would say they’d rather have the tank, and the one who doesn’t is fibbing.

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