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Melky Cabrera accused of not spreading major league salary love on tip to waitress

  • David Whitlock

The Toronto Blue Jays Melky Cabrera, currently on a rehabilitation assignment in Florida, was accused by a waitress of being a little tight on a tip at a local Chili’s.  Cabrera played his first rehab game in Dunedin, Florida, on Friday and apparently treated his teammates to dinner after the game (unless he rang up a $70 bill himself).  Unwritten rules dictate the veterans on rehab in the minors always spread some of that major league salary love to the lower level kids trying to make ends meet.  However, the love wasn’t necessarily extended to the waitress.  According to Facebook updates and Tweets from a Melissa Dickson (@whitesoxdiaries), the near 2012 NL batting champion and 2012 MLB All-Star Game MVP was a little tight on the tip.  Courtesy of




So quick math shows that Cabrera tipped about 13% on the post-sales tax amount, 14% on the pre-tax amount.

And did we mention his 2-year, $16M contract?  That comes out to about $900 per out per game he plays.  Seems like he could have chipped in another $10 for the hard-working waitress.  Although we don’t know how good the service was, maybe someone had a drink spilled in the lap or got the wrong order.  One would think that Chili’s would have accomodated these local celebs with the utmost treatment.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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