Hideki Irabu Chugs 20 Beers, Roughs Up Barkeep

Apparently, there are worse things than being part of the 2008 Yankees. Like, say, being a former Yankee, affectionately referred to by then-owner George Steinbrenner as a “fat, p***y toad”, who gets arrested for assaulting a bartender.

Hideki Irabu, Fat Toad

Hideki Irabu, who pitched in New York for six seasons, was arrested yesterday in Osaka, Japan, for fighting like a girl at a local watering hole.


[Irabu] was arrested … for allegedly assaulting a bartender after drinking 20 mugs of beer, a police official said.

Irabu, 39, became angered after his credit card was rejected. He allegedly pushed the bartender against the wall, pulled his hair and smashed at least nine liquor bottles. The bartender sustained no injuries.

To Irabu’s credit, after the cat fight, he paid the bill with another card before admitting to police officials that he temporarily lost his mind. It’s not clear why Irabu was so enraged, but chugging more than 240 ounces of beer might’ve had something to do with it.

In addition to pitching for the Yankees, he also spent time with the Expos and Rangers before landing with Japan’s Hanshin Tigers in 2003. Irabu retired from professional baseball in ‘03 and according to the NEW YORK POST, now lives in California. Which should make it much easier for the Baby Boss to bring him back to the Bronx when the whole “Carl Pavano will save our season!” thing doesn’t work out.