Yovani Gallardo Heading to Alcohol Education School

by: Mike Miller

Professional baseball players make a lot of money. Pitching aces make a boat-load of duckets. Why then would they choose to drive after drinking rather than take a $50 cab ride? The may be the $1 million-dollar question.

Following in the footsteps of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe, Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo is guilty of driving after getting totally hammered (by booze not opposing bats). As reported in bleacherreport.com.

Gallardo was grinning from ear-to-ear at Miller Park in his team's game against the San Francisco Giants—and he had the right to be.

Gallardo helped his team in both major aspects of the game by pitching six strong innings and hitting a home run in third inning of the Brewers' 7-2 win.

The 27-year-old hurler also had to be pleased with how easily he avoided a suspension from the league office after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Gallardo's blood-alcohol level was 0.22, which is three times the legal limit.

What the law does to him is one thing. His penalty from major League Baseball – nada! No person should ever be let off as easy as Gallardo was for his inexcusable behavior. It was an embarrassment to not only him but to the entire Brewers organization.

Major League Baseball should have made an example out of Gallardo for his careless behavior. While I am not sure what exactly goes on behind the closed doors of the league office, a suspension should have been handed down to the Brewers' right-hander.

I would like to see Gallardo take an online Alcohol and DUI class and seek to keep youth off alcohol in the future.