How and Why You Get Free Taco Bell Today

It's all thanks to a risky baseball move.

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In Game 2 of the World Series on October 25, Houston Astros player Cameron Maybin stole second base, which means that today, Wednesday, November 1, from 2-6 p.m., the internet’s favorite purveyor of fast food, Taco Bell, is again giving away free tacos (limit one per person).

Taco Bell has held the promotion for the last 10 years, and every time there’s a stolen base, a few days later there are free tacos available at its locations.

According to the schedule released by Major League Baseball, if a base was stolen during either Game 1 or 2, tacos would be unleashed on the public from 2-6 p.m. November 1, which is today. Thanks to Maybin, the lunch rush at Taco Bells in America is going to be lit.

More Free Tacos to Come?

Sadly, after Game 2 there weren’t any stolen bases. But there’s good news: Since this World Series is going to the final game of a best-of-seven contest, there’s one final opportunity. The deciding game will be held tonight, November 1, in Los Angeles (8:20 p.m. Eastern/5:20 p.m. Pacific). During this momentous Game 7, America will learn two things: whether we’ll again receive free tacos, and, also, who will be the winner of the World Series. If there’s a stolen base tonight, Taco Bell will once again offer free tacos on Tuesday, November 7 (again from 2-6 p.m.).

Stolen Bases During the World Series

Stolen bases during the World Series are relatively rare. There had been only five stolen bases in the 10 years of the Taco Bell promotion before Maybin swiped second on October 25, according to Major League Baseball. The World Series — like any sports final — is marked by cautious play, with opposing players and their managers playing in a more cagey style than they might during the regular season.

While there are surely people who will walk into participating Taco Bell locations across the land (all 50 states and D.C.) and ask for one free taco, it’s likely that Taco Bell will see a nice bump in business, because, really, who orders a single taco? Nobody is who. And the taco — a Doritos® Locos Taco, to be precise — only has a price of $1.49, plus tax.

In the terms of the contest, there’s also this amusing line about Taco Bell managers, who have the unenviable task of being Free Taco Cop today:

“Participating Taco Bell restaurant manager reserves the right to deny Free Doritos® Locos Tacos to any person he/she reasonably believes has already received a Free Doritos® Locos Tacos or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity.”

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