From the Character Counts Department:
Los Angeles Dodgers wonder rookie Yasiel Puig has been busted a SECOND time in less than a year for reckless driving.
Busted while he was still in the minor leagues last season, Puig did the acting contrite thing for a while. But on Saturday he was nabbed while motoring along on Interstate 75 near Naples, Fla. at 110 miles an hour, some 40 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.
Admittedly, driving 40 miles an hour over the posted speed limit seems to be the state hobby of Florida. I was once passed on the same stretch of highway like I was standing still by a guy wearing nothing but flip flops and shorts while riding a motorcycle.
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Still, Puig seems to be the president of the I'm Going to Do Whatever I Want Club. And that must be a concern for the Dodgers -- both on and off the field. And that's not even mentioning that going that much over the posted speed limit isn't just a traffic ticket. It's a Class A misdemeanor which could earn Puig up to a year behind bars if a judge is so inclined.
I'm not sure what makes Puig feel like he needs to drive more than 100 miles an hour. But he's going to kill someone sooner or later if he doesn't quit fooling around. Maybe that's just me. But I think if I could be a millionaire ballplayer instead of spending 20 years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter, I would try to go with option A.
Then maybe Puig could concentrate on learning how to hit the cutoff man.