Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Alfredo Simon Beats Twins, Glad to be Out of Jail

Alfredo Simon kicked the Twins' ass last night and it was not fun to watch, but was a newsworthy performance for him.

Not so newsworthy would be his implication in the death of his cousin. I don't know how this escaped my attention, is one of my top 10 most-visited sites, but apparently Mr. Alfredo was arrested in his native Dominican Republic after his cousin was fatally shot on New Year's Eve. He spent two months in jail.

Alfredo bruschetta-ed it off, like any good pasta would: "Sometimes baseball players have problems and you know how the justice system is over there. They want to take advantage of you being a baseball player and they want that money." Mmmk.

No. No, I don't know how the Dominican justice system works, though I'm sure you now have some idea. However, apparently the American system has a few commonalities, such as no murder allowed, so maybe I'll be able to keep up. Weird.

And the Dominican Republic is 'down there' not 'over there'. Get a map.

Also, get a clue. The only reason Alfredo was charged was because he and other locals fired shots in the air to ring (or shoot) in the New Year. His cousin was struck by gunfire and later died. This sounds just about as safe as Russian roulette, only in a warmer climate.

Bah. I don't know if Alfredo is guilty or not obviously, but situations like this always make me wonder about the stardom of athletes and the corruption of foreign governments, not to mention lose faith in the human race. Sometimes we suck.

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