As you likely hadn’t noticed, Sidney Ponson, the former O’s starting pitcher who’s best known for being drunk and fat, had been pitching for the Rangers since April 26. And he had been pitching well: 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA in the worst rotation in baseball. But yesterday the team released him for what else, being a fat, drunk asshole (via Lone Star Ball):
Team sources said Ponson was put on notice after creating a serious disturbance at the hotel bar in St. Petersburg during the team’s last road trip. He was told that further problems would not be tolerated.
Two more incidents occurred this week. Ponson started with three days’ rest on Wednesday against the Indians and allowed six runs in four innings. Only two were earned because of three errors committed behind him, and Ponson reacted furiously after being taken out. His actions were interpreted as “showing up” his teammates.
The second incident occurred when manager Ron Washington informed Ponson on Thursday that he would be pushed back in his next start so that Kevin Millwood could start Tuesday on his regular four days’ rest. Ponson would have pitched on Wednesday on six days’ rest. Ponson wasn’t happy with that decision and made his feelings clear in a heated discussion with the manager.
So, let’s review Sir Sidney’s resume since achieving Knighthood in Aruba in ’03: beat up a judge on a beach in Aruba in ’04, spent 11 days in jail; arrested for DUI in Maryland in ’05; arrested four months later for DUI in Maryland; cut by five teams (including the Rangers) in a three-year span; goes on five-month booze and drug binge, broke and homeless, found dead, face down in the volcanic, uninhabited beaches of east Aruba (fall of ’08).