Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The other Terminator 

The Twins and my Red Sox have had their share of players who played for both teams. One of them was Jeff Reardon, who was arrested in Florida Monday trying to hold up a jewelry store.
According to a news release from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, the 50-year-old former All Star entered a Hamilton Jewelers store in shopping mall and handed a clerk a note demanding money. The clerk, believing Reardon had a gun, filled a bag with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Reardon fled the store with the cash and was followed by the store manager. Police arrived and arrested Reardon without incident outside a P.F. Chang's restaurant. The money was recovered at the same time.
Reardon was born in Massachusetts and pitched for the Twins in the championship season in 1988 1987 and for the Red Sox in one bad post-season loss in 1990 to Oakland and part of the 1991 collapse (lost 11 of their last 14) after a 12-1 win over the Yankees put them within a half-game of the lead against Toronto. We never should have traded Lee Smith for Tom Brunansky (how's that for a Red Sox-Twins connection??)

He didn't have much of a chance to make the Hall of Fame, even though he had more saves in his career than Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter or Goose Gossage. Instead he robs a jewelry store and goes to a Chinese restaurant? At least he picked a good one.

UPDATE: "1987, you idiot!" Thanks a lot.