Saturday, August 28, 2010

As If Losing To The Dodgers Wasn't Bad Enough

Yovani Gallardo was barely out of his orange jumpsuit on Thursday night, having just pitched and gotten the loss against the Dodgers, before he was robbed at gunpoint in Milwaukee. Yikes.

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo and clubhouse attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed at gunpoint early Friday, hours after Milwaukee's ace pitched in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It was a scary moment for me, obviously for me and Alex, and those are tough situations," Gallardo said Friday afternoon, about 14 hours after the robbery occurred. "Things like that happen in every city, anywhere you go and it's just unfortunate that it happened to me and him."

Gallardo did not take any questions after briefly discussing the incident outside the team clubhouse before the start of the Brewers' three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"Just going out there, getting a bite to eat before heading home, trying to stay out of trouble, and unfortunately trouble finds us," he said. "Nobody was seriously hurt and we're all OK. Both of us are fine. That was the main thing." [...]

WTMJ-AM said that an armed man approached the two in a supermarket parking lot demanding money and jewelry, and that Sanchez was hit in the head but not seriously injured.

Milwaukee police were investigating but didn't have a suspect. Spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed that two men were robbed at an address that corresponds with a grocery store but wouldn't identify the men.

She said the suspect struck one victim with a gun and fled.

Gallardo signed a $30.1 million, five-year contract extension earlier this year. He's 11-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 25 starts and was chosen to his first All-Star Game this season.

He's struggled recently, losing 7-1 to the Dodgers on Thursday. It was the fourth straight start in which Gallardo has allowed at least four runs.

I like how the Associated Press story takes an understandably scary moment for this young man and turns it into a commentary about his last four starts. It then went over and poured salt on his lawn and kicked his dog in the nuts.