Tony La Russa Reportedly Told Police He was a “Hall of Famer Baseball Person” During DUI Arrest

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This is pretty good.

Tony La Russa, the 76-year-old Hall of Fame baseball manager, was pulled over for DUI in February and charged only recently, just as he was being awarded the Chicago White Sox gig.

In the arrest report, filed by the officer on scene, La Russa reportedly talked about his ring and said he was a “Hall of Famer baseball person” –

According to the court records, La Russa was under the influence when he ran his car into a curb in Phoenix, Arizona. He had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Florida 13 years prior, and in this case is facing another misdemeanor, according to ESPN:

Information from the Maricopa County Justice Courts shows that the case was filed on Oct. 28 — one day before La Russa was officially hired by the White Sox — and notes that La Russa was cited for driving under the influence and registering a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, which is a misdemeanor. If convicted, La Russa faces up to 10 days in jail, although (DUI attorney Michael) Munoz said in most cases first-time offenders serve one day, pay a fine and are required to use an ignition interlock device for up to a year. Munoz said that a DUI more than seven years earlier would not count as a prior DUI under Arizona law, which has stiff penalties for repeat offenders.

“I’m a hall of famer baseball person.”

That’s gonna be my go-to line the next time I get pulled over.

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