Under most circumstances, we support the frequent and copious intake of alcohol by all people of all (legal) ages. It is, as noted philosopher Homer Simpson once said, the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems. Homer had a point, but then, he never played for the New York Yankees.
(We were hoping to not have to use this photo again.)
1996 World Series hero Jim Leyritz did, however, play for the Yankees, and provides an interesting counterpoint to Homer’s booze-fueled adage. For Leyritz, booze has been the cause of a lot of a problems - from DUI to vehicular homicide to attempted DUI - but not many solutions. Leyritz is awaiting trial on the vehicular homicide charge, and in preparation he has taken up a new hobby to fill his time. Unfortunately, the new hobby? (Allegedly) beating his wife. Alcohol, of course, was involved.
Leyritz was arrested in Florida on charges that he beat his wife up after she wrote a check without his permission. He claims she was drunk, which somehow doesn’t seem like a good excuse for beating her. According to the NY DAILY NEWS:
Leyritz went ballistic and dragged Karrie Leyritz out of bed and socked her twice because she’d written a check without his permission, police said.
She fled to a neighbor’s house and called the cops, who found her bleeding from a cut above one eye - and streaks of blood on the walls of the couple’s home in Davie, Fla.
Leyritz, 45, is expected to be arraigned later in the day.
Say what you want about Leyritz (scum of the earth, piece of s***, troubled alcoholic, menace to society, etc.), but when he does something, he goes all-out. He doesn’t just hit home runs, he hits dramatic World Series-winning home runs. He doesn’t just get drunk, he drives plastered and kills people. He doesn’t just hit his wife, he leaves streaks of blood on the walls. Karma’s a bitch, Jim, and your payback is just about due.