We’ve all been there. You’re loved one is dropping you off at the airport. You’ve got heavy bags you’re trying to hoist out of a crowded trunk and on to the the curb. You want to say an appropriately affectionate goodbye to your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend, but the airport cop is urging you to “move it along,” threating you with…with…with WHAT exactly if you don’t get your car away from the curb?
Well, Padres pitcher Jake Peavy decided he wasn’t going to take it.
“Write me a ticket,” he told the cops at the Mobile (AL) Regional Airport. They did him one better. They threw him in jail.
Padres general manager Kevin Towers told The Associated Press he was told that Peavy was headed for a goodwill tour of the Dominican Republic with other major league players when he double-parked to drop off his bags and was told by airport police to move his car.
“The airport police told him he couldn’t park his car there and he said, ‘Write me up a ticket and I’ll pay for it,’” Towers said. “He was arrested.”
A few thoughts on the Peavy arrest:
1. Peavy is my new hero. Way to stand up to the man, Jake.
2. It was 5:20 a.m. at the Mobile, Alabama airport. Was there any traffic for Peavy to obstruct? Not likely.
3. What are odds that Peavy sprinkled in a few F-bombs to his assertion that they could “write him a ticket”? I’d say pretty good.