Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin gets fan $20 for spilled beer

Dylan Larkin, certified brother

Dylan Larkin, certified brother
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There are few things more important in life than a beer you just bought at a sporting event. People are so desperate to get the smallest of buzzes that they’ll drop a whole Andrew Jackson on some watered-down booze. So, pouring that beer would be an absolute tragedy, worthy of Shakespeare in the park. That’s why when Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin frightened a fan during the pre-match warm-up by making him spill beer on his and his companion’s lap, Larkin made an effort to get his money back.

He didn’t have to. Larkin is there to be the entertainment that fans pay for. He is the captain of one of the most historic franchises in American sport. In addition, fans are constantly paying their concessions. It happens most often in baseball games when fans frantically seek foul balls in their vicinity, but it still happens quite regularly in other events as well. Larkin was under no obligation to pay the man the money he had lost, yet his conscience would not allow him to leave.

Instead, Larkin took the captain’s title to a whole new level. He doesn’t just take care of his teammates; he’s looking for anyone who sets foot in Little Caesars Arena. Larkin knows that when he has offended someone, he must be forgiven.

I’ve never met Larkin’s parents, but man, they raised him well. What a solid guy! But it’s not just Larkin who has been seen fetching beer spilled by a fan lately. A little over a week ago, Golden State Warriors combined guard Gary Payton II received the microphone for his team’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

While leaning against a railing, Payton accidentally spilled a fan’s beer and immediately ran to a team official asking him to give that fan another Truly. I don’t know what it means to pour alcohol, but people seem to understand that it’s not something you can do and walk away from. You MUST get him another drink! It’s just a common courtesy, but still, seeing these athletes go out of their way to make sure their fans have great experiences at their games … it warms the heart.


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