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Indians’ Joe Smith Reportedly Involved in Bar Altercation

Reports obtained from Put-in-Bay Police Department allege that Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith was involved in an altercation wherein the player attempted to enter an establishment without proper identification and was detained following his attempt to use “being a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians” as suitable response.

Per the report, “Mr. Smith” grew upset with local authorities — as he did with the security guards of said establishment — for not knowing who he was. Per Smith, the incident began when the security guards began calling him choice names, subsequently met with a reactionary lunge and verbal confrontation from the pitcher. Following the discussion with police, Smith and his party were released without citation.

On the season, Smith is 4-1 with an ERA of 2.95, six holds and one blown save.

[Related: Tribe Weekend Wrapup: The Pure Rage Edition]

(Source: NewsNet5 via Vince Grzegorek)

  • Darkjetzer123

    First Perez and now this…c’mon Tribe 

  • MrCleaveland

    Get a grip, Joe. I wouldn’t recognize him either.

    But I wouldn’t exactly call this a “bar fight.”

  • Hypno_Toad

    I wonder if he side-armed a beer bottle at someone’s head.

  • mgbode

    “the incident began when the security guards began calling him choice names, subsequently met with a reactionary lunge and verbal confrontation from the pitcher.”

    haha.  he fake-lunged at them and said something.  man, I was in a ton of barfights when I was in college and didn’t even realize it 🙂

  • Natedawg86

    ID? 

    I don’t have mine with me.

    OK, what is your name?

    Joe Smith

    Haha cmon buddy what is it really?

    Joe Smith

    Sir, I am going to have to ask you to leave.

  • Natedawg86

    Two for flinching

  • EyesAbove

    When Kenny Lofton said get involved with the community, I dont think this is what he had in mind. 

  • porckchopexpress

    I always opted for the “Yeah I’m in a state of pure rage, but somehow this 110 lb. drunk girl is the only thing holding me back from stomping you into a mudhole”
     
    Bartenders safety tip;  Unlike men girls almost never “fake fight” if two girls want to go at it in a bar and you are standing in the way be prepared to either imobilize them with “extreme prejudice” or take a beating, and always always always protect the lads, because she is always waiting for an opening.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    FYI, for those outside of the blackout area, tonights Tribe/Tigers game is the MLB.tv free game of the day.

  • mgbode

    now we know why Joe Smith was in put-n-bay.  he was just trying to escape the blackout area

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Savvy!  And even better, he didn’t have to cross over the border to Canada.  (I kid, I kid… don’t worry Canadians, I will always love your country for allowing college kids to drink legally at 19).

  • JNeids

    “It looks like the bouncer is trying to hit Joe Smith, and why not, everyone else in the league does!” -Harry Doyle

    (this would have been more apropos if it was Dan Wheeler and not Smitty but I couldn’t resist)

  • Harv 21

    So let’s review: Smith’s drinking buddy is Laforce, his blond babe is Laforce, and buddy/babe’s mom with the fat roll of hundreds riding shotgun on their island bar crawl is Laforce.

    Someone forward this police report to potential free agents. This is some serious off-day fun. Unless there was really only one Laforce, in which case never mind.

  • Harv 21

    So let’s review: Smith’s drinking buddy is Laforce, his blond babe is Laforce, and buddy/babe’s mom with the fat roll of hundreds riding shotgun on their island bar crawl is Laforce.

    Someone forward this police report to potential free agents. This is some serious off-day fun. Unless there was really only one Laforce, in which case never mind.

  • Based on my experiences at Put-In-Bay, it’s essentially one giant blackout area.

  • NotoriousWojo

    I worked nine summers on the Bay. Joe just joined an exclusive club of professional athletes acting like a huge douchebag while partying on Put-In-Bay. List including Roethlisberger, Gerbac, Szczerbiak, Federov, and Winslow. 

    Those not on the d-bag list…..Hawk, Gonzalez, Jenkins. 

  • BIKI024

    2 Laforce’s, mom/daughter..  both former Miss Teen Ohio..  

  • DFelder

    I probably wouldn’t recognize him without his hat on, either. 

  • Harv 21

    Read it again.   “… met with two males later identified as Joseph Smith and Jack E. Laforce.”  That’s three and counting.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Which was worse you think him giving his actual name and them not believing or him trying to use that he pitched for the Indians?  Talk about bad timing after Perez’s rants.