San Jose Giants to poke fun at Te'o girlfriend hoax

April 12, 2013 5:19:00 PM PDT
The minor league San Jose Giants baseball team is hosting a promotion Friday night based on the odd sports story that emerged earlier this year about a University of Notre Dame football player that was the apparent victim of a hoax.

The San Jose Giants are hosting Lennay Kekua Night at tonight's home game against the Visalia Rawhide.

Kekua was the fictitious girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who said he was duped in a hoax that convinced him that he was in an online relationship with Kekua, a Stanford graduate who then supposedly died in a car accident after struggling with leukemia.

After the blog Deadspin broke the story in mid-January that the girlfriend did not exist, it was revealed that she been created by an acquaintance of Te'o.

An online fake relationship is called getting "catfished" after the 2010 documentary film "Catfish" that delved into a fabricated online persona.

At tonight's game, catfish will be featured on the menu at food stands and ticket holders can bring a fictitious or real significant other for free to the game.

A costume contest will give free tickets to fans who best resemble Te'o or are Stanford University students in honor of Kekua's would-be alma mater.

The game at Municipal Stadium, located at 588 E. Alma Ave. in San Jose, begins at 7 p.m.

The baseball club's tongue-in-cheek event will address a serious disease. Donations from an auction held tonight will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.