Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher, Arrested for Stealing Macy's Merchandise
Cincinnati Reds' right-hander Mike Leake has been arrested for stealing about $60 worth of American Rag t-shirts from a Macy's department store. What's worse, initial details seem to indicate the act was intentional and premeditated as Leake was allegedly caught on security cameras removing security tags before leaving the store with the garments.
Quite a step backward for the kid who had the Major League Baseball world abuzz in 2010 for all the right reasons.
His story quickly became a familiar one—the relatively unheralded first-round draft pick who spent nary a second in the Minor Leagues yet still managed to break camp with the Big League club out of his first Spring Training. From there, the right-hander dropped even those jaws that remained resolutely clenched by posting a solid March/April (3.25 ERA/1.41 WHIP) and then a superlative May (1.88 ERA/1.15 WHIP) before the league caught up to him.
Back then, all the talk and ink was spent raving about the then-22-year-old's poise and maturity, his ability to handle the spotlight and thrive in it.
Suffice it to say, the talk surrounding Leake in the weeks to come will have a slightly less congratulatory tone.
Petty theft when you're making millions of dollars to play baseball tends to have that effect...
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