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Mark Grace’s jail stint sounds less than arduous

Feb 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Mark Grace Mug Shot

Aaron noted the other day that Mark Grace’s jail stint for drunk driving includes a work release component and that he’ll be doing spring training instruction for the Diamondbacks. Nick Piecoro caught up with Grace and gave a rundown of his day:

So in the end, Grace is blessed all over again. He gets to wear a uniform and not a jumpsuit. He’s spared the indignity of pink underwear. He reports every night at 6p.m., and is released 12 hours later … Members of the coaching staff poke fun at how he stuffs himself full of clubhouse food during the afternoon (thereby avoiding the prison grub). Or how he chain smokes before leaving the facility, filling up on nicotine.

I realize that sleeping in Sheriff Joe’s tent city is not exactly nice. As Grace tells Piecoro, it gets really cold at night. But still: twelve hours in jail a day, with around 10 of them spent sleeping, and the rest of the time hanging out at spring training, eating the clubhouse spread and everything sounds … somewhat less than real punishment.

  1. El Bravo - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Mark Grace is a douchenozzle.

    • heyblueyoustink - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      You were just waiting for an excuse to use the word “douchenozzle”, weren’t you?

  2. deathmonkey41 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I thought they fired him? Why is he in the clubhouse?

    • vallewho - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      He must be a true-grit guy.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Can’t blame Mark Grace here. We would all do the same thing in his shoes. The blames lies with the penal system and more importantly, the Diamondbacks to let this two-time loser into their camp during spring training. What’s he teaching…a class on how to deal with getting multiple DUIs and avoiding the punishment most other people would be receiving?

    • alang3131982 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Agreed. This is the system’s fault. We wonder why DUIs are repeat offenders — if there is no true deterrent to the behavior, why would anyone stop?

      • 4cornersfan - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        My second ex-wife kept me in the doghouse most of the time and I never remarried. Repeat offenders can learn when the punishment is severe enough.

    • jlinatl - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      The sentence seems fair to me. I agree that the Diamondbacks giving him a cushy job sucks. However, I don’t have an issue that they gave him a job just that job.

      Wouldn’t we all like our employer to stand by us? Couldn’t the Diamondbacks put him in a more menial position that sends a message to the younger guys in the organization but doesn’t humiliate him in their eyes?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      He’s not getting preferential treatment from the penal system. Many people in jail for DUi get work release privledges. It isnt just Mark Grace getting a cushy deal.

      • alang3131982 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Mark Grace was indicted on four felony counts of DUI. Dude isnt a first time offender. Most first-time offenders dont get jail time, but work releases stuff. If you’re caught as often as he is and skirting the sanctions he agreed to, you should do real time.

        Grace, a Scottsdale resident, was arrested about 9 p.m. Aug. 23 after he was pulled over while driving near 7200 E. McCormick Parkway in Scottsdale.

        Blood tests showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .095, which is above the legal limit of .08, said Scottsdale Police Officer David Pubins.

        Grace also was arrested May 30, 2011, and subsequently his license was suspended and he was required to have an interlock device in his vehicle, police said.

      • badintent - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Guys with his $$ can go to rehab with Dr. Phil or Celebrity Rehab or Malibu rich bitch rehab.But crackers be crackers……………………………….. and get busted 4 times

    • jwbiii - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      What’s he teaching?

      I’ll go with 1B fielding techniques and the finer points of slump busting.

  4. dcfan4life - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Considering most of the people who use HBT, this article had little chance the moment you put arduous in the title…haha.

    • Gobias Industries - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      What the hell does “considering” mean? I’m so confused right now.

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Jail is a temporary place usually at a police station to hold people. Grace is in prison.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Oh wait, perhaps he is in jail, since he only has 4 months. Which would explain the easy ride he has.

  6. chacochicken - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Chain smoking before heading to jail for the night is the kind of grit you just can’t teach.

  7. djjackson81 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Look I’m born and raised in AZ. Did 6 months tent city and four of those were on the work release side. I did 4.5 years in prison for my first DUI however it was and Aggravated DUI and my criminal history record was long as priors go. Grace don’t have any real record to speak of so that sentence is about right. He did get fired as an announcer he was bout in on an camp advisor or some shit.

    • badintent - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      thank you for your honesty and your insight. I hope you can speak at high schools to wanna be punkass idiots before they get the big ride up to the big house for some Extreme Lockup.

  8. djjackson81 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    The easy ride u never done time at tent city shut up.

    • k3vinf - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      There’s a bumper sticker for the back of your Pinto: I Did Time in Tent City.

  9. ingloriousbastardos - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Let’s be honest. Grace will spend ever moment of those 12 hours shivering in fear. He’s got too purdy a mouth for jail and well I’m sure we’ve all seen Shawshank. Good thing he’s not in the BSOHL.

    • clydeserra - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      you should turn off msnbc. That is not what jail is like.

  10. riverace19 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    This message is for the righteous and judgmental hypocrites on this site:
    Dude has a problem, obviously. Is this punishment going to solve that problem? No. Would 4 months doing harder time solve that problem? No.
    Until Grace figures it out on his own, he will be toeing that line between what is acceptible and what isn’t… but that doesn’t mean we need to send him to Siberia or wherever else. I like Gracey. We’ve had beers on Rush St. when he was with the Cubs; he’s a good announcer and a colorful baseball personality.
    In this current environment of PEDs, lying and cheating, how does this show up on the meter? Not very high at all.
    Unless you are going to start posting follow up stories about Carlton Fisk, Todd Helton, Miggy, etc…. let’s lay off this guy.
    Craig you wrote a while back about how baseball players commit DUI at lower rates than the American public. Yah it’s a national problem
    There are stories about the Babe having a few before games… PED?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Ludicrous!!! He got not one but two DUIs. And did you ever think the reason baseball players committ DUI at a lower rate than the American public is because baseball players not only usually have the money for a cab, but there is also a service in place for them to call a # and get picked up anytime anywhere with no questions asked. Does the “American public” have access to that service?

      How do you know that if you took the silver spoon out of this guys mouth and made him serve 4 months of hard time(maybe some “pound you in the ass Federal Time!!!”) that it wouldn’t wake him up to the dangers of getting loaded and getting behind the wheel of a car?

      You “like Gracie” and had “beers with him on Rush Street when he was with the Cubs”. Whoopdie frigging Doo. Did he drive home that night too?

      • riverace19 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        I’m sure, Mr. Fiorentino, that you are a model citizen with no pblems of your own. My main point was trying to be: we shouldn’t be like a pack of jackyls to judge and bash other people’s problems. Especially when it’s someone you appreciate. Maybe I’ve got more compassion than most.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Nobody’s perfect, but in the “real world” somebody who gets 2 DUIs is punished a little more than what’s currently happening to “Gracie”. That’s my only beef here. I have ZERO tolerance for people who get DUIs. And I absolutely DESPISE rich, spoiled athletes who have all the resources in the world and yet still choose to drink and drive. I’m sorry, but you can take your compassion and save it for people who truly deserve it. Not a rich, spoiled ex-athlete who has enough money to hire a driver whenever he wants to go out and get loaded but has neither the courtesy nor the brain-power to do so.

      • clydeserra - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        no, in the real world people are punished pretty much the same as Mr. Grace.

      • riverace19 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Allright righteous Flourentine I’ll make it simple:

        a. If you can afford to drink and if you can afford to own a car, you can also afford either public or private transportation to get home.

        b. Your comments are more directed towards our legal system than individuals.

        c. Grace did not hurt anyone but himself. But yes he could of. I deal in the here and now and not “what ifs”

        I don’t tolerate or condone drunk driving either, but I recognize it happens all the time in our society. And it’s us fans that MAKE THE RICH SPOILED ATHLETE. So if you don’t like the salaries don’t participate.

  11. danrizzle - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    DUI is a very serious offense, and I don’t mean to diminish the lives it wrecks, but this post is a little off the mark to me. Being incarcerated, even at night in tents while spending the day on work release, is a real punishment. While I don’t have a lot of pity for Grace, I wouldn’t say that he isn’t getting what he deserves, especially in light of the facts that (1) he probably lost his license for a long, long time and (2) his imprisonment is national news (3) he’ll spend a few months sleeping in jail, and (4) he lost his job on account of his actions. All just punishments and well deserved. I don’t have to see him spend 24 hours a day in a jail cell to feel that justice has been served.

  12. deep64blue - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Sounds like a good idea – huge impact on his life but he doesn’t have to lose his job.

  13. djjackson81 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Jesus y’all act like DUI is a capital offense it common as fuck. They sentence based on potential harm you may have caused not if you did crash or not. All these people hating and suggest federal prison for a secon DUI. Feds ain’t touches no stupid ass charge like that. I been to federal prison. First time offense of Aggrivated DUI in AZ is mandatory 4months state prison at a DUI low security camp. No doubt Grace had a DAMB good lawyer and got the set he deserved no more no less. Anyone talking about how easy it is at tent city or any jail in Maricopa county clearly never did any time there. Voters who just think lock um up build more jails he ran over my flower bed..shut the fuck up lames. Nobody cares what y’all think your boy a judge just a hypocritical drinker who has probably drove drunk yourself.

    • yahmule - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Do you know Leon Isaac Kennedy?

  14. snowbirdgothic - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    This looks like it will seriously cut into the time Grace will spend taping new episodes of “Storage Wars” under the alias “Darrell”.

  15. opiedamus - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    People, people, people. Know the laws before you write about what you “think” should happen. Research how/why the laws have been set up as they have. The regular guy does have options instead of drinking and driving. Cab, hotel, heck in my nape of the woods there’s even “Angel ride” that will give you and your car a “free” ride home.

    .08 is something that was paid for with millions of dollars “donated” to various politicians, not based on extensive laboratory research. Judges are elected officials who receive campaign donations.

    I don’t think it is in anyone’s best interest to criticize someone for having a DUI if you don’t know the circumstances or facts of the case. To arbitrarily say, “someone has a DUI therefore I think they are a piece of crap or they have 2 DUI’s they need to be in jail for (x) number of years in a hard labor camp” is incredibly obtuse, in my opinion.

    Someone w/more than one during a short window of time should be sent to counseling not jail. Unless it is aggravated, then jail is correct. And I don’t think that you can say, “he has (x) amount of dollars, so he needs to pay more.”

    He received his punishment, we should all move along. Hopefully, he’s learned something and it will stop him from putting himself in that position again. One other thing: if you talk on your cellphone, text, or check emails, eat lunch, comb your hair, fix your makeup or shave….you are just as guilty of driving while impaired….and you’re the one’s who keep screwing up my commute every damn day!

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