March 28, 2011
On Saturday, unidentified hoodlums burglarized the Port Charlotte, Fla., house that Longoria and Tampa Bay Rays teammates David Price(notes) and Reid Brignac(notes) have been renting during spring training. The residents were playing a ballgame at the time so there was no confrontation, but it's also likely that the invaders used that knowledge to steal tens of thousands of dollars in goods.
Longoria and Brignac told the St. Petersburg Times that he and his friends got cleaned out.
"They took pretty much everything that was ours inside the house," Longoria said. [...]
"Everything was gone," Brignac said. "It's just a crappy situation."
Incredibly, this is the second time this month Longoria has been ripped off; his 1967 Camaro RS was stolen from a parking lot in Arizona (Longo was having it restored).
And, in a reference you knew was coming, authorities are still trying to locate his favorite Rays cap, which Longoria has been unsuccessfully tracking for more than a year. Perhaps you've seen footage of his own investigation.
Joking aside, the Florida thieves made off with a lot of loot:
Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, headphones, Price's laptop and several of Price's high-priced watches that were packed in a bag of clothes.
"They probably didn't even know what was in it," he said. Price estimated his loss in excess of $50,000, though he said his most expensive watch was insured.
All of those things can be replaced, though losing a laptop can be like losing a wallet. And, as anyone who has had stuff stolen would say, it feels like a personal violation.
"Thank God nobody was there," Brignac said Sunday. "If we were there, it would have been a different story."
"That was one of the biggest things," Longoria said, "that everybody was okay and safe, and nobody had to fight their way out of a home invasion robbery. … A multitude of different things could have happened, and there could have been people injured."
I don't think he necessarily means that any of the ballplayers would have been hurt. Say, is a baseball bat considered a deadly weapon when a Major League Baseball player is wielding it in the real world? You know, like when a boxer gets into a fistfight on the street?
No matter if Longo and Brignac feel things could have been "different" had they been home, I'm not sure I want my ballplayers fighting with possibly armed crooks. Luke Scott(notes) could handle himself, probably, but I'm not persuaded others have his skill set.
In a twist that's probably not unusual, the players themselves might have unwittingly aided the criminals. Apparently, "some people" stopped by the house earlier in the week and asked some seemingly innocent questions.
Was it available for rent? When would the tenants be moving out? Was David Price pitching on Saturday?
OK, they didn't really ask that last question, but Brignac thinks he got hoodwinked.
"It's very unfortunate that people would stoop that low. That's what we get for being trusting, kind people. These random people came up and we could have been like, 'No, y'all get out of here.' "
This incident probably is going to make these guys less trusting and more cynical and that's too bad. Hopefully, the police get the bad guys and some of the stolen stuff is recovered.
"It's unfortunate," [Longoria] said. "You just hope that karma catches up with whoever did it."