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Dirk Hayhurst implies “pillow-case-sized” bag of weed taken in 2011 Evan Longoria-David Price robbery

Jul 4, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

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Dirk Hayhurst’s latest piece for Sports on Earth doesn’t name any names, but it hardly needs to. In it, he indicates that the March 2011 incident in which a house shared by Rays players Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed also featured a “pillow-case-sized” bag of weed, something that never made it into the press.

Hayhurst never says Rays nor mentions the players, but it’s obvious who and what he was talking about:

While I was in spring training with the … You know what, I’m not going to tell you. Too many potheads still in action there. Let’s just say that while I was in spring training with a certain organization, a group of guys on the team got robbed. They were all staying in a house together, splitting the rent through the course of the spring, their luxury rides all parked out front in a row, leaving at the same time every day. It wasn’t hard for the local criminal element to figure out who they were and the schedule they kept. When these criminals decided to hit the house, they made off with all manner of high-end accessories, televisions, gaming systems and other tech toys.

Hayhurst’s final spring in professional baseball was with the Rays in 2011. He never pitched in the majors for the club, but he did pitch that spring and for Triple-A Durham for the season.

In March 2011, it made the news that a house shared by Longoria, Price and Brignac was robbed, with criminals taking a 60-inch television, three iPads, a laptop and several watches. A few hours later, it was reported that the criminals also stole an AK-47 that belonged to Longoria. Apparently, Hayhurst missed that part hitting the news.

What didn’t make the news was the other stuff that got taken. I may have been naive enough to believe the news reports, but then you start to hear things on the locker-to-locker information superhighway. First, one of the guys really liked his firearms and had a couple of automatic assault rifles, including some AK-47s. Next, a large collection of porno DVDs had gone missing. Finally, the pillow-case-sized bag of weed that had been sitting on the kitchen table, next to its accoutrements. All of it gone, none of it reported.

According to Hayhurst, the Rays coached the players on how to talk about the incident. Which rings true. Longoria deflected the conversation when asked about the AK-47:

It’s a personal item. Obviously they’re going to say things that are taken. I think everything within the house is personal and we’ll just leave it at that.

Longoria and Price, of course, are still with the Rays and might be among the “many potheads still in action there.” Brignac is serving as a utilityman in Philadelphia, though he’s currently on the DL with a sprained ankle.

  1. yahmule - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    At least they’re Major League potheads, bus-rider.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Hey, Hayhurst got one name in the story, and got it correct. His own first name.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Meh, so what if the criminal took the bag of weed, I’d be more pissed over the guns and the electronics

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I wouldnt

    • urallstupid - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      the weed was probably worth the most.

  3. therealbigben - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Who still owns porn in the age of the internet?

    • yahmule - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      The same kind of guy who pretends to act all coy while he’s narcing on former teammates for his own profit?

      • therealbigben - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Yeh, Hayhurst seems like the type of guy who could produce a diamond by sitting on a piece of coal.

    • gdobs227 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      That’s the real headline.

  4. blacksables - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Is that libel, or slander?

    I always forget which is which.

    • chill1184 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Libel because Hayhurst wrote it

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libel

      • blacksables - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Thanks.

      • gregbeau - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Unless it’s factual and truthful, in which case it is neither. I doubt he has anything to worry about.

    • indaburg - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Easy way to remember–Slander is what you say. Libel is the letter written.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      I agree, this isn’t news, Maybe slander or gossip at its best. Either way, Hayhurst seems like a RAT.

  5. blacksables - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Actually read the article at the posted link. Hayhurst is ‘giggling’ and ‘chuckling’.

    Makes me wonder who’s toking, and who’s joking.

  6. rbj1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    “automatic assault rifles”

    semi-automatic. You have to have a federal license to own a full automatic weapon. And the AK-47 you can get in this country is semi-automatic.

    • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      When you purchase it. Sure. But it isn’t hard to modify them.

  7. chip56 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Hayhurst is nothing but a guy willing to do whatever he can to get some of the glory he wasn’t able to find on the field. He’s just as talentless a writer as he was a ball player.

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Hayhurst is an excellent writer. This particular episode, though, is disappointing in its pettiness.

      • Alex K - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

        Agree 100%, Gator. I love Hayhurst’s books, but this is a step too far. This seems like the exact reason people on his teams were upset that Dirk would write books.

      • chip56 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        If by ‘excellent writer’ you mean he writes clearly you’re correct. The content of Hayhurst’s writing however is consistently aimed at mocking an institution that found him lacking the talent to perform at its highest levels. It is kind of like a failed chef becoming a restaurant critic

  8. indaburg - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Nobody like a tattle-tale. Nobody. Hayhurst, you got a big mouth.

    I don’t smoke anything but Greg Giraldo pretty much summed up how I feel about athletes smoking pot when he riffed on Michael Phelps smoking pot: “‘It sends the wrong signal.’ Yeah, it tells kids: “You can smoke weed and still be the greatest swimmer in the history of mankind.” Although, could you imagine- could you imagine the size of the bong hits Michael Phelps must take? HOLY !@#, talk about bowl-clearing lung capacity. You do not want to be sharing your weed with Michael Phelps.”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Yeah…chumpish to be sure Inda. Very disappointing.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I always found it irritating that they felt the need to report that weed was found in at Darryl Kile’s death scene.

    This really should be no more shocking than “a three gallon bottle of Jack Daniels was also stolen”.

    But no. We let idiots have too much say in everything so we keep officially criminalizing things that aren’t in any way harmful to individuals or society.

  10. chip56 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Hayhurst avoids libel by not naming names or the organization. Had nothing to do with “too many potheads” still being there and everything to do with not wanting to be sued.

    • paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      He probably also avoids libel by not lying. You can say/write whatever you want if it is true or if you believe it is true.

  11. tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Also, every time I see an article about him, I always think it says Dick Hayhurst and I picture a 60 year old crabby journalist.

  12. illegalblues - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    mega successful grown men enjoy marijuana D: all that i’ve been told from a young age has stated this isn’t possible!

    who cares, wish i had a pillow case full instead of next to nothing.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Also, one could note that buying in bulk avoids unnecessary packaging and is thus better for the environment we all share. Highly admirable.
      Tragically, extremely foolish laws currently discourage this, something which costs taxpayers a ton of money.

  13. bluesoxbaseball - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I’m sick of Dirk Hayhurst.

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Why? How much of his work have you been forced to read?

  14. corky2141 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    People of all walks of life smoke pot. Who cares that a bunch of 20-something baseball players smoked. Guess he needs “controversy” in his stories to sell his crap

    • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      No, he sells quite well on the strength of his excellent storytelling abilities and vivid descriptive powers – which makes this snitch maneuver sort of puzzling. When a hack does this kind of thing, you understand that he’s compensating for a lack of talent. When a fine writer like Hayhurst does it, you’re left scratching your head.

      • tadthebad - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:55 AM

        He may be a fine writer. Perhaps he couldn’t develop a better story, or perhaps he’s a fine writer who’s also a jerk. It does not necessarily have to be complicated or head scratching.

      • indaburg - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Exactly, OG. I’ve enjoyed Hayhurst’s work up until this point. This tabloid-like maneuver seems beneath him.

        So is your cockatiel a snitch?

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        @tad: I grant you that – even fine writers write clunkers once in awhile. You have only to try to read Charles Dickens’ attempts at writing plays to understand that. Unreadably awful, even in partnership with Willkie Collins. The guy who wrote The Last of the Mohicans also wrote some godawful crap (and if you ever want to laugh your eggs orf, you can read Mark Twain’s merciless deconstruction of James Fenimore Cooper – the very archetype of vicious parody). The last novel of Faulkner’s Snopes trilogy, The Town, sucks frozen banana. But it seemed a little early into an otherwise distinguished belletristic career for Hayhurst to turn into the equivalent of a sports columnist for the New York Pestilence. Waaaayyyyy too early.

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        @Indy – at my age, I’m incapable of doing anything in front of that bird that I would have had to worry about his telling my wife. I was just hungry.

      • vlock1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        @Gator: The Town is the second in the Snopes trilogy. The Mansion is the third.

        Other than that, your point stands.

      • yahmule - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        F Scott Fitzgerald died feeling like a failure because of his inability to translate his immeasurable writing talent into viable screenplays.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        With you OG. I am surprised at Hayhurst. And disappointed as well.
        It’s gonna’ be hard for me not to always thing of him as Chumpish from this point forward.

  15. droman79 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    This guy spends tons of time in his book, wondering “why oh why didn’t my former teammates trust me? Why would they be upset that I was recording every conversation that they had with me? Why wouldn’t they trust that I wasn’t going to write a book with all of this information?”

    And then proceeded to right multiple books, throwing certain players under the bus. Now this…

    I wonder why he wasn’t trusted.

  16. favrewillplay4ever - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    “automatic assault rifles”

    semi-automatic. You have to have a federal license to own a full automatic weapon. And the AK-47 you can get in this country is semi-automatic.

    -very easily modified my friend. Any rifle that’s semi-automatic is about 3 steps from being fully automatic.

  17. sfm073 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Dick Hayhurst has jumped the shark.

  18. provguard - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Wow.. What a snitch? Who cares, no harm no foul…

  19. mikhelb - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    While it might be viewed as ok to buy, sell, posses and smoke marihuana, I wonder if it is legal to do all that in Florida. My guess is that it is legal, or at least the penalties are not high (no pun intended), since there have been lots of cases of border patrol agents found in possession and smuggling of tons of marihuana and all they get in penalties are slaps in their hands, so, it would not be much different for MLB players.

    As for the AK-47′s, IIRC the thousands of AK’s the FBI+DEA sold to mexican narcotraffickers trained by the FBI and CIA (zetas, the same group which were in contact with Puig) to help in their massive killings, and abductions, all were automatic already. So I guess those can either be acquired as automatic with certain contacts or easily modified (supposedly those guns contained electronic tags to locate them, all of which were stripped from the rifles as soon as the narcotraffickers got them, though others who have been captured have said they received the rifles and tons, literally TONS of ammo, with no electronic tags). Though maybe those kinds of news maybe do not make it to the newspapers in the US and have to be read in foreign newspapers (like the case of the guy who regularly crossed to Tijuana and got caught with guns, a rifle and ammo minutes crossing to Tijuana minutes after he crossed from Tijuana to San Ysidro and had been saying it was a mistake and he did not intended to sell the guns and ammo nor work as a sicario like other US hired guns with military background… and decided to lie about his Tijuana girlfriend and shady contacts)… i am bit of an addict for news… :d

  20. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Man, I bet anything these guys HATE Hayhurst. Intellectual big mouth with marginal ability who was lucky to even be privy to much of this information and he just can’t shut up.

    Someone tell Hayhurst that no one likes a snitch and what happens in the show stays in the show. Guy code. Hayhurst is such a chick.

  21. thegreatstoneface - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    …wellllllll….aren’t we reading an article that puts names to folks un-named in the article? speculatin’, as it were?

    i’d say that ranks right there with hayhurst, as far as doing anything questionable…i mean, look at the hits this headline generated for the site here, eh?

    • yahmule - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Ah, the old I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I defense. Devastatingly effective in the early years of grade school.

  22. stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Well…the verdict is now in.

    Dirk Hayhurst = Chump

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