Monday, October 01, 2007

Don't get busted for DUI...

...the day your contract expires.

Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey was arrested early this morning on charges of DUI, hit-and-run with damage and resisting arrest without violence.

Police said they saw Hickey, 46, strike a parked car with his silver pickup truck at 1st Ave. North and 16th St., a block or two north of Tropicana Field. Officers followed him up Interstate 275 and stopped him north of Gandy Boulevard.

Hickey refused to get out of the car, according to police spokesman George Kajtsa, was brought out by officers, and fell to the ground. Hickey's booking photo shows a large scrape or bruise on his right cheek and a cut over his eye.

Hickey, who returned from Toronto with the team after Sunday's season finale was booked at the Pinellas County Jail at 3:29 a.m. and was released on bond at 7:58 a.m.The Rays have not yet put out a statement.

Hickey's arrest comes just as the Rays were deciding whether to retain him, as well as the other five coaches. All have contracts that expire.

Also, 1B Carlos Pena was named AL Player of the Week.

Had to be carried out of the truck by cops? I can't wait for the Blood Alcohol Level to be published. If you coached our middle relief you might need an adult beverage or four.

Oh! Congrats Carlos Pena!

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