Back on Dec. 16, in the midst of working out the Roy Halladay deal, the Toronto Blue Jays signed RHP Lance Broadway. The move was met with indifference by most Jays fans — mainly because of the whole Halladay situation, but partly because, really, who cares about Lance Broadway?
Career ERA over 5? Check.
Career WHIP of 1.600? Check.
Non-tendered by the god-awful Metropolitans? You betcha.
Clearly Broadway was meant to be a Las Vegas (or lower) bullpen bench warmer. But what most fans don’t realize is that the man has a damn powerful arm.
According to Hair Balls, an excellently named Houston Press blog, Broadway’s been charged with assault.
Basically, Broadway was partying with some United League Baseball scrub. Said scrub tried to pick up some girl, and the girl’s boyfriend’s friend (I know that sounds like urban myth territory, but what can I do) didn’t take too kindly to it. The friend who was offended talked to the scrub and thought everything was cool.
Broadway, however, did not think everything was cool. Here is how the girl’s boyfriend’s friend described the incident to the court:
“He’s taken his shirt off, he takes a running start from Ivan’s left-hand side, punching Ivan in the left side of the face, knocking him out. It broke his orbital socket, broke his cheekbone…shattered his nose, detached his retina….”
Reading up to this point, I thought to myself, “self, the Jays need a shit disturber. This cat is a loose cannon and sounds like he’s batshit insane, but remember how it was left to Jesse Carlson — JESSE CARLSON! — to deal with Pussada last year? This Broadway guy sounds like he could do some damage to the Yankees or whoever else decides to drill a million Jays hitters.”
Then I read about the brawl that ensued and how “Broadway punched several women, knocking one out.” And I’m not so keen on having him in the organization anymore.
Good thing he’s on a minor league deal and should be easy to cut ties with.