February 17, 2011

Miguel Cabrera Has Been Drinking. Again.

There are two sure signs that spring is on the way.

First...Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow. 

Check.

Second...Miguel Cabrera gets arrested for hitting the bottle.

Double check...and I'm guessing the Detroit Tigers brass and fans alike are hoping the yearly tradition of waking up to the "Miguel Cabrera Arrested" headlines ends soon.

Late Wednesday night, the Tigers first baseman was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting an officer without violence.

Here's some details...courtesy of the Detroit Free Press:

(Cabrera) was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail at 12:20 a.m. (Thursday) and released at 7:45 a.m. after posting $1,350 bond, according to information provided by Mark Weinberg from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

According to police report, a deputy spotted a car Cabrera was driving, smoking on the side of Okeechobee Road in Ft. Pierce, about 100 miles southeast of spring training in Lakeland. Cabrera had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath and his eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech heavily slurred, according to the report.

Oh...that's just the beginning.

In an arrest affidavit, deputies said Cabrera repeated “Do you know who I am, you don’t know anything about my problems.” Cabrera then picked up a bottle of James Buchanan’s Scotch whiskey and started drinking, according to the report.

When asked to get into a patrol vehicle, police say Cabrera used an expletive. Police say he didn’t comply with several orders to get into the patrol vehicle. The arresting deputy said he lifted Cabrera’s left hand to gain pain compliance and Cabrera then “pushed off the vehicle into me,” according to the report.

The deputy then delivered 3-4 knee spikes into Cabrera’s left thigh muscle. Cabrera fell into the vehicle, according to police.

Now, if the past has showed us anything, when the slugger gets into trouble prior to the season...he's just getting ready for the season ahead.

Prior to last season, the 27-year-old spent three months in alcohol rehab and ended up putting up a .328 batting average, a career-high 38 HRs and 126 RBIs.  For his career, he has managed a .313 batting average, 247 home runs and 879 RBI.



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