It is never good to hear of good people impacted by dishonest goons, even if those “good people” are professional baseball players. A condo rented by Tampa Bays Rays stars David Price, Evan Longoria, and Reid Brignac (Don’t sleep on Briggy Baseball!) was the site of a bold midday break-in Saturday while the ballplayers plied their trade against the Orioles. Some watches, iPads, Xboxes, and a gigantic TV were among the items lifted from the rental condo.
After hearing of the tragic loss of numerous ipads, the good people at ngmoco stepped up. The Rays, you may recall, have a team-wide obsession to the We Farm ipad app – like Facebook’s Farmville but without the Facebookish trappings of your mom and nana constantly bombarding you with requests. The Rays earned We Farm a whole boatload of publicity last year as their obsession went public, thanks in no small part to this Yahoo! Sports article by Jeff Passan.
Via the magic of Twitter, someone at ngmoco reached out to David Price to extend him an offer of a free iPad 2! I know Evan Longoria signed a team-friendly deal but this is nuts. These men aren’t needy? Where’s my ipad 2???
Unforunately, this story isn’t all soy bean futures and virtual silos. The original reports listed only the electronics and grown-ass man toys among the items missing. A later report claims one of the articles stolen from the condo is an AK-47 belonging to Longoria.
Leaving aside the inherent 2nd Amendment irony of losing a weapon during a home invasion, this is a worrying revelation. Criminals brazen enough to conduct a day-light robbery of a luxury condo (relatively luxurious. That Longo contract is like indentured servitude!) are now armed with a free hunting rifle. The USA Today report claims the thieves entered through an unlocked window, which begs the question as to the security of the weapon.
The arguments for and against weapon control are far too complex for the pages of a baseball blog but I can’t help but wonder why the [Getting Blanked] a professional baseball player would simply stuff a rifle into his linen closet when not using it to kill things that once ran and jumped and played.
Police claim to have several strong leads on suspects, meaning there is a chance the weapon will be found before it is used for more crime. Surely this incident is fuel enough for Longoria to reconsider how he stores and handles his weapons. No need for the added guilt of his carelessness being connected to a more violent incident.