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Gonzalez Trade Forces Norwood Car Dealer To Alter $600K Contest

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LA Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

LA Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

NORWOOD (CBS) – The Red Sox trading away Adrian Gonzalez could have sabotaged a local car dealer’s $600,000 grand slam giveaway, if it wasn’t for a crafty back-up plan.

GALLERY Automotive Group was running a sweepstakes promotion that would have awarded five lucky fans $100,000 each – if Gonzalez had hit a grand slam on October 3rd against the Yankees.

An additional $100,000 was set to go to Gonzalez’s charity if that happened.

Of course, the Red Sox shipping Gonzalez out of town made that feat impossible.

Luckily for fans, Steven Stein, GALLERY’s General Manager of Business Development, tells CBS Boston the company was able to alter the giveaway.

Instead of Gonzalez, that night’s starting first baseman now has to hit a grand slam in order for fans to win.

Stein says he’s hoping for a little bit of magic, perhaps from occasional first baseman David Ortiz, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list.

“It would be kind of fantastic if they started Ortiz at first base and he hit a grand slam in the last game of the season,” Stein said.

Stein also noted that the $100,000 that originally would have gone to Gonzalez’s charity would instead be given to Boston Children’s Hospital in the event of a grand slam.

The sweepstakes is open to Massachusetts residents.

Anyone who purchased or leased a car from GALLERY between July and September was automatically entered to win.

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