On Monday we noted that Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese was charged with DWI. We didn’t know then just how drunk he was. The answer: really, really drunk:
Cardinals third baseman David R. Freese was driving with a blood
alcohol level of 0.232 — almost three times the legal limit in Missouri
— when he was arrested over the weekend, according to a police report
He told the arresting officer that he had consumed seven beers, and was
driving from downtown to his home near Lafayette High School in west
St. Louis County.
If he admitted to seven beers, the real number — at least if human nature is any guide — was probably a lot higher. No matter the case, 0.232 is pretty nutso, especially for a big strong athlete. Nutso enough to cause the Cardinals to have to reconsider handing him the third base job is uncertain, but I suppose we’ll know fairly soon.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.