Ubaldo Jimenez & 5 other bad boys of baseball
Ubaldo Jimenez almost caused an all out brawl during an pre-season MLB game the other night when he unapologetically beamed his former teammate,Troy Tulowitzki, resulting in a benches clearing confrontation between his former team the Colorado Rockies and his current team, the Cleaveland Indians.
Although Jimenez insists it was a mistake--one Indians manager Manny Acta seemed to confirm when he told reporters that Jimenez "was pretty wild all day"--but Jimenez isn't exactly known for his calm, cool and collected demeanor.
A lot of our favorite MLB stars actually have reputations for being bad boys...but isn't that part of the reason we love them so much?
Here are 5 other baseball bad boys we've loved through the years.
Love him or hate him, A-Rod will no doubt go down as one of the best baseball players of all time. Sure, he fessed up to using steroids and yes, he left his wife and mother of his two children for a string of questionable relationships with Hollywood blonde's, but hey--everyone makes mistakes, right?
He can hit, he can pitch, is there anything Carlos Zambrano can't do? Well yes, apparently he's really really bad at controlling his temper. In fact, he got so heated during one game that he marched into the dug out and totally lost his mind, prompting his team managers to send him home...in the middle of a game! Hey, at least his pitching is up to snuff...
Cabrera is one of the most unpredictable, if most productive players in the MLB. He's had his fair share of run-ins with the law and has publically battled an alcohol addiction, but he's still one of the best hitters in baseball. And hey, at least he has God on his side! An active practitioner of Santeria, Cabrera became a babalao during the 2006 off season.
Alomar just got inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame and is no doubt one of the best Boricua ballers to ever play the game, but he is probably best known for a 1996 incident in which he spit at umpire John Hirschbeck after the man in blue called him a very unpleasant name for homosexual.
Ozzie Guillen lives his life like I wish everyone would, with, as my abuelita would, absolutely no "pelo en la lengua"--in other words, he says whatever is on his mind, whenever it is on his mind and he does not care who is around to hear it, ever. He's clearly passionate about every aspect of the game and that makes him one of the best managers in baseball right now!