Ron Washington once sent 20,000 pennies to league to pay fine
We’ve all been there. Having to pay a stupid fine for something we didn’t deserve. Might be a parking ticket, might be a late night towing company, might be your IRS taxes. Texas Rangers Ron Washington was in that boat with a $200 fine levied in 2011 for being ejected from a Cactus League (yes, exhibition) game. Apparently he had 20,000 pennies lying around and shipped all 110 pounds of it to the league office. Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Washington was angry and had a point to prove:
“I lost my mind,” Washington recalled. “Beltre was yelling from the dugout, ‘It was outside!’ And the umpire threw him out of the game because he told Beltre to stop and Beltre didn’t stop. And then I went out there and argued with him and I said something I shouldn’t have said.”
Bob Watson, MLB vice president in charge of discipline called after receiving the box.
“And you just had $200 in pennies hanging around?” Washington replied “Yes. Bob, I didn’t have my checkbook. I wasn’t trying to be funny. Now go to the bank and put that in the [change] machine and get your $200.”
I gotta say I got a little more respect for Washington for not giving a damn. My a$$ he wasn’t trying to be funny. At least the league didn’t further hold it against him.
– David Whitlock