It seems to be a lock that, for the third straight season, a player will join the Thunder with some unnecessary off-season baggage.
Brandon Laird, who hit .266 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI in 124 games at High-A Tampa last year and is expected to start 2010 in Double-A, was arrested at a Phoenix Suns basketball game along with his brother, Gerald, and another man. Gerald is the more well-known of the Laird brothers, as he’s caught in the big leagues for the past seven seasons with Texas and Detroit.
Apparently, the brothers got into an altercation with security guards while at a basketball game. Laird joins George Kontos and Austin Krum as Yankees prospects to be arrested prior to joining the Thunder. Both of those were non-violent, bar-related incidents.
Now, I’m not doing my job if I don’t report these things…but ultimately, who cares? Kontos and Krum were two of the nicest players I’ve had the opportunity to cover over the past few years, and I literally have never brought up either respective incident to them. I care about baseball, not stuff like this. I’d imagine things will be the same with Laird once he arrives at Waterfront Park.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com