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Kevin Mitchell gets probation for attacking a guy on a golf course

Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Kevin Mitchell

You may recall how, last fall, former Giants slugger Kevin Mitchell repeatedly punched a guy on a golf course after the man “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”  Apparently that’s frowned upon in California, and Mitchell pleaded no contest to the charges in March.  Yesterday he was sentenced to three months probation and anger management classes.

The best part of this report, though, is that it contains some stuff from a preliminary hearing we missed from a few months ago:

Leonard Lerma said Mitchell started throwing punches on the 13th hole.

“I want to show you who I am, motherf–ker,” Mitchell said, according to Lerma’s testimony in a preliminary hearing. “I’m an old school gangster.”

Perhaps the craziest thing about this is that the ire between the two had started a week earlier when the victim of the assault — who had taken golf lessons along with Mitchell one morning — was bad mouthing the instructor later, saying that the instructor ruined his game, only to have Mitchell defend the instructor’s honor.  Not the kind of thing you expect from “old school gangsters,” but not without honor either.

And in Mitchell’s defense, golfers who complain about someone else ruining their game are insufferable jerks who probably could use their ears being boxed by former NL MVPs. It’s the entire reason I’ve kept Andre Dawson on my personal payroll since 1987. You know, just in case.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    I tink Kevin was just talkin about etticks dere, you know?

    • cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      Me describing Kevin Mitchell and the golf fight incident to my daughter; My Impression? Kevin’s not a bad guy – if looks, brains and personality don’t count.

      C’mon people; Miller’s Crossing! You don’t gotta pay to play but you gotta at least watch the show

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Film literacy is a bit more ubiquitous than literary literacy these days, but that’s just comparing ivory billed woodpeckers to black footed ferrets, you know?

      • cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        I’m a fan of the pileated woodpecker m’self, but I take your meaning.

  2. BC - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Mitchell was a thug back in the day. That’s why the Mets dumped him.
    Of course this does not explain the Juan Samuel trade…..or Bobby Bonilla signing…. or……

  3. Dan in Katonah - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    That’s how we handle people who criticize our short-game in the 408, motherf–ker!!!

  4. derekjetersmansion - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    “Police were informed of the attack by Mitchell’s bare-handed plan to fight by the gold chains dangling from a golf cart parked outside the 13th hole.”

  5. hep3 - Apr 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    “And in Mitchell’s defense, golfers who complain about someone else ruining their game are insufferable jerks who probably could use their ears being boxed by former NL MVPs.”

    As the old joke goes, most golfers can chalk up their golf shortcomings to LOFT*

    * Lack Of Freakin’ Talent

    • cur68 - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      ooooo…busted.

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