Curtis Leskanic, a former relief pitcher and current scout for the Red Sox, was arrested for DUI with his 5-year-old daughter in the car.
The 44-year-old had a blood-alcohol level of .331, more than four times the legal limit of .08. According to Gary Taylor of the Orlando Sentinel, he was also charged with child neglect.
According to the police report Leskanic's truck was "swerving all over the road" at around 7:30 pm Sunday and the responding officer found him "hunched over as if he was sleeping." Once he woke up Leskanic reportedly handed the officer his scout identification card from MLB, failed roadside sobriety tests, and had to be hospitalized after "swearing and exhibiting hostile behavior."
In 11 seasons with the Rockies, Brewers, Royals, and Red Sox, Leskanic amassed a 5034 record and a .436 ERA.
Leskanic's last Major League appearance was with Boston in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, in which he was the winning pitcher. The victory evened the series at 33 against the Yankees.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.