Is there anything that old rich men don’t seem to fuck up these days?
According to the Houston Chronicle’s account, the Astros’ newly-won World Series trophy was knocked off a table and damaged at a black-tie, men’s only event at the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday night.
The annual event, called “One Great Night in November,” is where some of the city’s richest and presumably most clumsy men pay between $500 and $25,000 for a chance to get away from women, smoke cigars, and vote on what art pieces the Museum of Fine Arts should purchase for its collection.
Lots of money is typically raised for the museum during the event, where rich men also apparently spend a lot of time toasting each other’s wealth and saying things like “To one great night, gentleman” without vomiting.
But if you think that someone dropping a line like that had to be the most embarrassing thing to happen on Wednesday night, you’d be wrong. About halfway through the dinner, the Chronicle reports, a server accidentally bumped into one of the attendees, who proceeded to trip into another man. Then they both fell into the table that held the World Series’ trophy.
With some of the trophy’s flags “noticeably bent out of shape” and several rich men tee-heeing about how “we’ll just have to win another one,” a turquoise bag was soon put over the Commissioner’s Trophy and it was taken out of the room. Fortunately the whole debacle took place in a museum, where valuable and rare artifacts are restored all the time.
According to a statement provided to FPH by the museum, the trophy was fixed by the end of the night by the MFAH’s “conservation specialist for decorative arts,” who thankfully is a man and was allowed into the room. A full statement from the museum, whose version of events differs slightly from the Chronicle’s, can be found below:
“Mr. James Crane, principal owner of the Houston Astros, brought the World Series Trophy to the Museum’s annual fundraiser, “One Great Night in November.” The trophy was set on a table, and guests were invited to be photographed with it. Later in the evening, the table shifted and the trophy started to slide as a photograph was being taken. A guest grabbed it quickly, and several of the flagpoles on the trophy were bent as a result. Immediately afterward, the museum’s conservation specialist for decorative arts, who was a guest at the event, took the trophy to his laboratory at the museum, and straightened the bent flagpoles. It was returned, fully restored to its original appearance, to Mr. Crane, who returned home with it that evening.”
Oh, and if you were wondering why a fundraising event taking place in 2017 doesn’t invite women to participate, here’s what the museum has to say about that:
“The event started 1984, under then-director Peter C. Marzio, and has been a tradition ever since. Sometime in the 90s Contemporary Art Museum Houston initiated its counterpart, a women-only event they call Another Great Night in November. The two events took place the same night this year.”