On Monday, just before the deadline, the Rays signed their top pick from this year’s draft, Taylor Guerrieri, a right-handed pitcher out of high school in South Carolina. And yesterday, Guerrieri finally opened up about “the incident” that is often mentioned, but never specified, but is believed to have led to Guerrieri packing his bags and switching high schools in the middle of his senior year.
He said he was caught drinking “a beer” before a high school football game last fall but was never suspended, nor is there a police report of the incident…“That was pretty much what the whole stink was about,” he said. “It was something that a lot of people have done before. I got in trouble.”
That’s weird. Seems hard to believe that a star high school athlete would have to switch schools in the middle of the year because of ONE beer. It is even more difficult to believe that 23 other big league teams passed on a top ten talent, and potential Ace because of ONE beer.
Un-[expletive deleted]-believable. He was better off sticking with the “I’ve moved on” line.
Later on, Guerrieri volunteers that he had not been driving that night, pointing out that he was a passenger in a friend’s car. That’s odd. Why would he go out of his way to offer that information if driving had nothing to do with this ONE incident?
There are a lot of people who have heard a story much different from the one Guerrieri is trying to sell now. Those people have respected the wishes of Guerrieri by not talking or writing about it. And those people are now going to be pissed.
Hey, high school kids do dumb things. And high school kids say dumb things. But Guerrieri just signed a professional baseball contract that will pay him $1.6 million, and will allow him to someday represent our beloved Tampa Bay Rays on the baseball field. It is time for this former high school kid to stop doing and saying dumb things.