What should be THE LAST word on the beer and fried chicken thing

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes what — if the universe is reasonable and just — should be the final word on the Red Sox’ beer and friend chicken scandal.  The upshot: this is no scandal and everyone should get a grip.

What makes it so persuasive is how he lays out what goes on in clubhouses and bullpens all over baseball and how anyone who makes a federal case out of it is being sensationalistic or obtuse or some combination of the two.

We’ve had great fun with this story. Because, man, what’s more fun than beer and chicken?  But anyone who is reading unprecedented disrespect or unprofessionalism into this affair — anyone who thinks that it, rather than a bunch of ill-timed poor performances was to blame for the Red Sox collapse — needs to get some perspective.

Nice job, Pete. Thanks for the reality check.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.