No idea, really, but if we’re to believe the following report from the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker, resources that might otherwise be used to nab the Green River Killer are instead employed to harass Boston’s somewhat spacey left-fielder (link culled from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory).
Seems that Boston slugger Manny Ramirez was leaving the ballpark, with headphones on trying to look inconspicuous and quickly get away from the crowds still leaving the stadium. He started to cross South Royal Brougham Way, against the signals of a traffic cop who was directing pedestrians. The police officer demanded that Ramirez open his wallet and show identification. He warned him that he could face a $500 fine and possible arrest for disobeying a police officer.
It became clear to those watching that the policeman had no idea who Ramirez was. He didn’t ask for an autograph or anything, but did ask Ramirez if he’d attended the game. After the brief lecture, and no argument from Ramirez, the police officer let him go with no further trouble.
Ah, maybe baseball needs a higher profile in this town?
Perhaps, but arresting Adrian Beltre for stealing ownership’s money would be a little harsh.