Really? We just thought it was the boredom of watching today’s professional baseball product. Read the “groundbreaking” AP story here.
The only thing worse that making an obscene gesture to a member of the media is giving an apology for it that comes across as less than sincere.
If it seems like you already read this story well, 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.
What’s stranger than a Major League Baseball coach getting into it with opposing fans, using gay slurs and then using a baseball bat to demonstrate just how anal sex works? Watching spotlight hogging attorney Gloria Allred and plaintiff Justin Quinn, 33 (a Giants fan) working together to demonstrate that same gesture using a bat.
Video of that strange press conference (including Quinn’s two little girls who look like junior lawyers-in-training seated next to Allred) below, but first some details from the LA Times:
McDowell is accused of asking three Giants fans in the stands, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” He is accused of using two fingers and the small end of a baseball bat to simulate sexual intercourse, among other lewd comments and gestures, including thrusting his hips back and forth in a sexual manner.
Famed attorney Gloria Allred joined Giants fan Justin Quinn, his wife and two daughters at a press conference Wednesday. They called for McDowell and the team to be fined, for both to apologize and for the coach to attend sensitivity training.
According to Allred, Quinn and his family were in the bleachers during batting practice when they observed the alleged incident. She said Quinn responded by yelling to McDowell: “Hey, there are kids out here.”
Allred said McDowell called back: “Kids don’t [expletive] belong at the baseball park.” She said McDowell picked up a bat and walked toward Quinn in a threatening manner, asking: “How much are your teeth worth?”
The Braves said in a statement that they were concerned by the allegations and behavior described by Quinn.