Thursday, March 29, 2007

Urbina going to jail

Former Major League closer Ugueth Urbina has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Urbina was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun. He was accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch, located about 25 miles south of Caracas, Venezuela. Urbina repeatedly has denied involvement with the violence, saying he was sleeping at the time of the attack.

Much like his pitching days Urbina wasn’t able to come in and close the game out. If John Rocker caught some gas-soaked Mexicans messing around on his plantation, he would be out there with a blow torch ready to send them to Jupiter. But that’s what makes a great closer.

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