Yesterday marked the end of the regular season for MLB, and the teams who didn't make the post-season will scatter like the wind. While many will be disappointed not to have made the playoffs, it's also a reason to celebrate - their seasons have come to a merciful end. Some though, like Devil Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey had too good of a time. He was arrested late Sunday and charged with DUI, hit and run, and resisting arrest without violence. Now that's a way to party!
Police said an undercover officer saw James J. Hickey, 45, run his silver pickup into the back of a green pickup at First Avenue and 16th Street S, in front of Tropicana Field. The green pickup was driven by Devil Rays batboy Matthew Felix Carlson, and both men were stopped at a traffic light, said St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman George Kajtsa.Hickey didn't waste any time getting into the off-season, and he followed suit with a quick apology. In a world full of apologies, he at least sounded sincere, and contrite. Whether or not Hickey will return to the team is uncertain, but at least it's clear that he now has one of the more amusing booking photos in recent memory.
Carlson pulled his 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck over to the side of the road, but Hickey took off toward Interstate 275. The officer, who was not in a marked car or uniform, followed him up Interstate 275 and communicated with other officers, who stopped him north of Gandy Boulevard.