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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

HANCOCK: DRUNK AT ACCIDENT

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Making this an even more sad story:

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk at the time of his fatal crash, and marijuana also was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving, authorities said Friday.

Hancock’s blood-alchohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri’s legal limit of 0.08, said St. Louis Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham.

Hancock, who was killed early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, also was talking on a cell phone at about the time of the accident, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said at a news conference.

Mokwa said 8.55 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana were found in the rented Ford Explorer Hanock was driving. Toxicology tests to determine if drugs were in his system have not been completed.

I hope MLB uses this tragedy to try and help the prevention of drunk driving. The Cards are the current champs, and in light of LaRussa’s spring training incident and this terrible accident, the Cards can still create some good of it.

  • http://www.diwinson.wordpress.com Di

    I wish I could say I was surprised by this information, but I really wasn’t. What does surprise me, though, is how world-class athletes can drink and toke and smoke, knowing that having healthy bodies is such a key to having success in their sport. I also am interested in seeing how the Cardinals organization — which, for so long, has been associated with Anheuser Busch, Budweiser, etc. — will really respond to the obvious involvement (abuse?) of alcohol in Josh Hancock’s death and Tony La Russa’s DUI.

  • http://www.diwinson.wordpress.com Di

    I’m also thinking back to my childhood and the times that my dad would take us to Busch Stadium. He’d drink beer all through the game (I don’t think they even had a seventh-inning cut-off, back then), and then, afterwards, 3 kids and 2 adults would pile into his Ford Pinto and he’d drive us the hour-and-a-half it took to get back home. Then I found myself wondering: How many people, at the end of tonight’s game, got behind the wheel, too drunk to drive, and did so anyway?

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    People love their beer at the ballpark and owners love the money that comes from it. We can hope this tragedy would change some things, but it’s unlkely.

    5 people in a Ford Pinto? That’s a close family…

  • http://www.diwinson.wordpress.com Di

    Well, we kids were pretty small! : ) Still, you’re right: It was a tight squeeze!

  • dhaab

    Eliminating alcohol in the locker room won’t solve any of these problems. People have to be responsible for their own actions.

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