Members of the New York Police Department are still reeling from a burglary that occurred at a charity baseball tournament in Texas.
“Being a victim sucks,” said Jose Vasquez, manager of New York’s Finest Baseball Club. “We’re not too often on this side of things—making the police report, not taking it.”
The theft occurred sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning in Dallas, Texas. The team was preparing to play in the championship game of the Dallas Fire Department Classic charity tournament but was forced to forfeit after waking to find their gear stolen.
“The guys are really upset, they’re devastated,” said Vasquez. “They were even willing to play this afternoon in shorts. That’s how much they love baseball. ... Some of the guys would rather their luggage be stolen than uniforms.”
The worst part? The team and its charity trip were entirely self-funded. Each player paid nearly $1,000 to participate in the tournament.
With that said, it’s always a good idea to bring your stuff inside your room at a hotel. The NYPD probably thought no one would mess with a hotel parking lot full of cars bearing in- and out-of-state police vehicles.
Nonetheless, the officers found no fingerprints or signs of forced entry on the team minivan, leading them to believe it was a professional job.
Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer reports that another team, the DFD Smoke, offered to lend the NYPD their gear. New York’s Finest declined, saying the theft had taken an “emotional toll” on the team.
Translation: Thanks, but this is embarrassing and it wouldn’t feel right wearing another team’s uniform.
We’ll see how this plays out, but it could be a while before there’s a resolution. Nicholson reports that the NYPD may eventually make up the game at a tournament later this year, although nothing is scheduled as of yet.
Until then, the tournament will remain without a champion.
On the Twitters.