April 11, 2008
If you've ever celebrated the occasion of your birth with large amounts of alcohol, there's a good chance that things may have gotten a little out of hand at least one year or two.
But I challenge anyone to tell me that they've marked any birthday — let alone their 38th — in the same fashion as Tampa Bay reliever Al Reyes.
The rest? Well, let's just say that they really love those little shocky thingies down in the Sunshine State. Like, really, really love.
Witnesses told police the incident started around 2:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Cafe, 1806 W Platt St., when Reyes fell against a ceramic pot inside the bar. Thinking someone had pushed him, police said Reyes began exchanging words with patron Eduardo Mora.
Mora then punched Reyes in the face, getting the attention of the Hyde Park Cafe's bouncers. Meanwhile, police said in a news release, Reyes "began to spit blood on the people in the area and began to swing his arms about."
The bouncers tried to control Reyes, but the 6 foot 1, 230-pound right-hander kept pushing them away. A Tampa Police officer working extra duty at the bar tried to calm the fracas, but Reyes "continued spitting blood and thrashing about," Tampa Police Lt. William Ferguson wrote in the release.
Moments later, the officer Tased Reyes, knocking him to the bar floor. Ignoring police commands to stay down, authorities said Reyes got up and was Tased a second time.
The newspaper report also notes that this was the same bar that Jessica Sierra was arrested at last year. Having no idea who Jessica Sierra is/was, I assume she is some clown from American Idol. (I'm right.)
On another completely unrelated note, am I the only one who didn't realize that Tase was supposed to be capitalized? Oh, the things you learn every day.
Should be a fun day in the Rays clubhouse, though.