Wednesday, December 28, 2005

NAME AND NOTOREITY

On December 26, 2005, Reardon was taken into custody and charged by the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Police Department for allegedly committing armed robbery at a Hamilton Jewelers store at the Gardens Mall. Reardon blamed the incident on the depression medication he had been taking since his son died of a drug overdose in February 2004. Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers of all time retired in 1994. The 50-year-old Reardon walked into Hamilton Jewelers at The Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed, police said Tuesday.

Reardon, who had 40 or more saves in a season for the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, but was later found at a nearby restaurant. The cops recovered $170 and charged him with armed robbery. Reardon easily surrendered himself when handcuffed. Reardon has been residing in the city for more than 20 years and never caused problems, neither got involved in such kind of embarrassing situations. Reardon had a 20-year-old son, Shane, who died of a drug overdose in 2004, and probably this is the reason for his misery. Reardon, who is married and has two other children, underwent a heart angioplasty last week and has been taking medication for that condition. An interesting part of the episode is that, Reardon, who made more than $11 million during his career, was not having financial problems and this wasn't characteristic of him. Reardon ranks sixth in career saves. The four-time All-Star was 73-77 with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Expos, Twins, Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.

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