meshugenuh (me-shu-ge-nuh) n. Yiddish 1) A crazy person, 2) A madman.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Bad Medicine


Sorry that I have not posted in a few days, but I was having a wonderful time at the cottage with Meshuge-Nugget! I will be very blunt tonight by stating that I have been out of the loop on sports for the last few days as well. What I will include tonight is one of the headlines in the MLB world which reads "Former star reliever arrested on robbery charges."

Here is the article by the Associated Press:

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in baseball history, was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest on charges of robbing a jewelry store. The 50-year-old former pitcher apologized to officers and blamed his actions on medication he is taking for depression, police said. He was released Tuesday night, with his arraignment set for Jan. 27.

Reardon, who retired in 1994 and ranks sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed, police said.

He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen money and charged him with armed robbery. Lt. David O'Neill said Reardon didn't have a gun and offered no resistance when he was handcuffed.

"He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry," O'Neill said. He said Reardon has lived in the city for more than 20 years and has never caused problems.

Reardon's attorney, Mitchell Beers, said the former pitcher had a 20-year-old son who died of a drug overdose in February 2004, which has been "very difficult for him and his family," and has been on medication for depression. Reardon, who is married and has two other children, also underwent heart angioplasty last week and has been taking medication for that.

"He asked me to apologize to his fans and friends," Beers said. "This bizarre incident is completely uncharacteristic of Jeff Reardon."

He said Reardon, who made more than $11.5 million during his career, according to baseballreference.com, was not having financial problems.

The four-time All-Star was 73-77 with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Expos, Twins, Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. Reardon had a save in the Twins' 1987 World Series victory over St. Louis. But five years later, he gave up a decisive two-run homer to Toronto's Ed Sprague in the ninth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to tie Atlanta at one game apiece. Toronto eventually won the 1992 World Series in six games.

Bert Blyleven, Reardon's teammate on the 1987 championship team, said he knew Reardon was still deeply affected by his son's death.

"It's very uncharacteristic of Jeff Reardon to do what he did," said Blyleven, now a TV analyst for the Twins. "I've been very fortunate, and my wife has, not to lose any of our children. I can't imagine what he's going through in the holidays."

"Hopefully, he can get help and move forward on his life," Blyleven added. "Thank God no one was hurt."


It's really unbelievable that a man who made $11.5 million during his career and was not having financial problems would do such a thing. Just remember if you are on Reardon's medication, don't rob a jewlery store, and don't use your medication for an excuse for any problems you may be having.

Mazel tov Pistons-
The Sports Meshugenuh!

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