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Department of Yikes

Posted By Emma Span On March 10, 2011 @ 10:42 am In Baseball,Emma Span,Spring Training | Comments Disabled

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Miguel Cabrera’s swigging-scotch-in-front-of-the-arresting-officer DUI last month was already firmly in the bad news category, but details are emerging – as details will – that make it seem even scarier. According to the Detroit News [2]:

Before his drunken driving arrest last month, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera threatened to “blow up” a bar that refused to serve him and then told police to shoot him, according to a police report released Wednesday that reveals new details….

…Cabrera walked into the Cowboys Bar-B-Q & Steak Co. after last call and was asked to leave, bar manager Fletcher Nail said in a statement to police.

The ballplayer ignored the manager and walked up to a table of strangers and began talking to them, said Nail.

When Nail again asked him to leave, Cabrera patted a bag on his shoulder and leaned down close to the manager’s face.

“You don’t know me,” Cabrera told him. “I will kill you. I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up.”

The News also has video of the arrest, but I felt uncomfortable watching; it’s too embarrassing. Anyway, you don’t even know what’s really going on with a public figure lie Cabrera, but if he doesn’t have a serious problem he’s doing a great impression of someone who does, and I hope the Tigers are doing what’s best for him.

Meanwhile the Mariners recently started giving players and employees key fobs [3] with the number of car services on them. That’s one of those good common sense sort of things that can only help, and can’t hurt, but I always wonder how much responsibility – if any – clubs have, or ought to have, for their players’ extracurricular behavior. A guy who drives his Rolls Royce drunk despite having a truck of security professionals [4] with him is probably not going to be reasoned with.


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[2] the Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110309/SPORTS0104/103090424/1129/rss15

[3] giving players and employees key fobs: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/06/1572339/mariners-pass-word-and-key-fob.html

[4] a truck of security professionals: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2011/03/04/20110304scottsdale-police-coco-crisp-had-secret-service-dui-stop.html

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