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Pitching Coach Fails In Escape From Tropicana Field

This man is Jim Hickey, the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. As you'd expect, life as the pitching coach of the Devil Rays — sorry: Tampa Bay Rays — is not easy. It's enough to drive a man to drink.

Or, at least, enough to drive a man to drink, rear end a batboy and try to take off when police are chasing.

Authorities say Hickey rammed his pickup into the back of another pickup driven by the D-Rays' batboy just outside of Tropicana Field. Although the batboy pulled his car over, an undercover cop saw Hickey drive off.

The plainclothes policeman followed Hickey to Interstate 275, where he radioed fellow officers about the vehicle. Police soon stopped Hickey, but they had to drag him out of the car after he wouldn't come out voluntarily. Hickey also struggled with the cops before he could be cuffed.


There may be no better metaphor for life as an employee of the Devil Rays than smashing into a bat boy and having to be dragged out of your car. Go D-Rays!

Devil Rays Coach Arrested [Sports By Brooks]

(UPDATE: Here's his mugshot, via The Smoking Gun)

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