Friday, April 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Al Reyes/Don't Tase Me Bro

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Rays relief pitcher Al Reyes was arrested in Tampa early this morning for being "drunk and disruptive after falling down, picking a fight and spitting blood at the patrons of a popular Hyde Park night spot." It was his 38th birthday.

Apparently Al was in Hyde Park Cafe when he fell against a ceramic pot. Thinking someone randomly pushed him, Al started "exchanging" words with a gentlemen. We don't know what was said, but the guy ended up punching Al in the face. Police say Al "began to spit blood on the people in the area and began to swing his arms about." The bar's bouncers were trying to control Reyes, but Al wasn't having any of it as he continued to spit blood and swing his arms around.

After not being able to calm him down Police tased him, knocking him to the floor, but that didn't stop Reyes. He refused Police commands to stay down, got up, and was tased a second time. Reyes was eventually calmed down and treated for a cut on his nose. Al was charged with affray; Mora was charged with battery. Both were released on their own recognizance.

We're glad Al's ok and nothing more serious occured, but this isn't exactly the kind of veteran leadership we were hoping for from Al.

Apparently, the Rays practice fighting in the bullpen...we kid