You can now add Milwaukee Brewers ace hurler Yovanni Gallardo to the long list of professional athletes who have had a run-in with the long arm of the law. While most of the country was coming to grips with the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, Gallardo was getting his drink on while the Brewers awaited a series with the San Francisco Giants that kicks off on Tuesday.
ESPN is reporting that Gallardo was arrested in the early morning hours for impaired driving on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Gallardo allegedly had registered a blood alcohol concentration 0.22, three times the legal limit. Gallardo was formally charged, but it appears he won’t face slammer time as he has no previous criminal record.
Gallardo is set to earn $7.75 million this season, so I am sure he could have afforded an alternative means of transportation. Perhaps the indulgences of Gallardo are the reasons the hurler has struggled this season, as he’s posted an 0-1 record with a 6.61 earned run average in three starts.
The 27-year-old hurler will not receive a suspension from Major League Baseball because they are too busy chasing players who used performance enhancing drugs ten years ago. You can drive drunk in the big leagues — just don’t ingest over-the-counter cough medicine.
Thankfully nobody was injured and Gallardo can put the event behind him and move on from this lapse in judgement.