October 06, 2008
We now interrupt this postseason to bring you the possible first episode of "The Offseason: What Happens When America's Ballplayers Have Too Much Time On Their Hands."
First up is Astros pitcher Brandon Backe, who was arrested in Galveston, Texas over the weekend for allegedly taking part in a "riot" at a wedding reception. Apparently one of the guests got a little handsy with the police officers and before anyone knew it, one of the Killer B's was being struck in the face.
During the brawl, Backe was told by police to back away. He refused, and police attempted to handcuff him, the report said.
Backe struggled with officers. One officer stated in the report that he hit Backe twice in the face before handcuffing him. The officer also reported that Backe smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.
Both the officer and Backe sustained minor injuries during the fight, according to the police report.
Backe, a 30-year-old Galveston native, was charged with resisting arrest, search and transportation by using force against an officer. He was released on $1,500 bond and wasn't immediately available for comment.
To me, this report still seems to be missing a lot of details and since we all know how things escalate once someone allegedly punches a police officer (another guest is accused of this, not Backe) so I'm thinking we should withhold judgment and let the facts play out for now.
Tell you what, though, our inner Astros fan should tell us that none of this would ever have happened if Bud Selig hadn't moved those games against the Cubs to Milwaukee. Because without that trip, Backe would surely have been getting ready for the NLCS right now and not had time to attend this wedding. Yeah, I think we can all agree on that.