Midler Urges Yankees To Clean Up New York
BETTE MIDLER is urging her hometown baseball team the New York Yankees to set a 'green' example for fans following the team's World Series win - insisting the players should help clean up the city.
The Yankees landed their 27th World Series on Wednesday (04Nov09) after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies.
Midler founded the New York Restoration Project in 1995 and has been committed to making the city cleaner and greener.
Since 2004 she has paid for cleanup crews to come twice a week along the Major Deegan Expressway through the Adopt-A-Highway program. And Midler is urging players to follow in her footsteps.
She tells the New York Daily News, "I have been trying to get to someone in the Yankee organization for years to do this. It's time to pass the torch. I'm thrilled to death that they (the Yankees) won, but would they please in their win fork over - it's so cheap - like 25 grand ($25,000/GBP15,625) for a whole year. They could have flowers that say Go Yankees! Think of all the creative things you can do with your own stretch of highway."
The Adopt-A-Highway program would cost less than $2,000 (GBP1,250) a month, according to a company spokesperson.
A Yankees spokesperson said they're looking into the matter.