If it seems like you already read this story well, diagnosis you have. At least five previous times already this season. No, they weren’t all about Indians pitcher Shin-Soo Choo, but they were about Major League ballplayers, all of whom have been arrested for DUI . . . and we’re just into May! Something about the pressure to perform this season . . . or maybe boredom, who knows? Either way, this epidemic of drunk driving is causing MLB and the players union to start talking about appropriate punishments for the players, beyond the canned apology to fans and teammates (spare us) and the slap on the wrist that they’re like to get from local authorities. The league must be starting to realize that they’ve been lucky–so far–in that none of these incidents involved players who hurt themselves or others, but that luck could run out at the rate the Boys of Summer are slamming back the booze this season.
The Indians’ outfielder was arrested in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, on Monday after a Breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.201 percent – more than double Ohio’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
“I don’t want to make trouble on the team,” Choo said before the Indians opened a three-game series in Oakland. “Every person has to learn. I regret that this happened. … I apologize.”
Choo, the sixth major-league player to be cited on a drunken-driving charge this year, was arrested after his white Cadillac SUV was seen being driven erratically, officers said.