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March 01, 2008

Austin Krum Arrested

Via WTSP-TV:

A Minor League baseball player for the New York Yankees was arrested after refusing to leave a restaurant/bar even after being told he was no longer welcome there.

Tampa Police say bouncers kicked out 22-year-old Austin Michael Krum from Tia’s Tex Mex Restaurant/Bar after trying to start a fight inside. Uniformed officers on scene told Krum several times that he would have to leave, but Krum refused to do so.

Officers say that he returned to the restaurant even after being escorted off the property, so they decided to arrest him for trespassing. Krum allegedly tried to resist the arrest and officers had to physically take him to the ground to handcuff him.

Krum was charged with Trespass After Warning and Resist Officer Without Violence. No one was injured in the incident.

Krum was drafted by New York in 2007 and currently plays outfield for the Staten Island Yankees.

Here's what Baseball America had to say about Krum leading into the draft last summer:

While he has solid tools across the board, some scouts wonder how his game will translate to pro ball. He doesn't have a true plus tool, will have to tone down his approach and may be a 'tweener more than a true center fielder or corner outfielder.

And, here's some interesting stuff on Krum via a Baseball America feature on ESPN.com last May:

Q: I understand you pattern your game after Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. How come?

Austin Krum: He competes every single day. He plays every single day with a balls-to-the-wall mentality. That's something that I hope that I do in my game. He just gets after it in everything he does, whether at the plate, diving for the balls in the outfield, stealing bases, whatever it is.

Q: I understand you've got some unusual walk-up music. Care to explain?

Krum: The Gummi Bear theme song. That was my walk-up song in high school. When we got here, I just figured that I would keep the tradition. It's been my walk-up song for five years now.

Q: What ever made you decide back in high school to go with the Gummi Bears song?

Krum: It was kind of just a big joke. Some kids on my basketball team introduced it to me. To tell you the truth, I think it's kind of a cool song. It relaxes me, makes me have fun, that's important. Why not, you know?

Playing at Staten Island last year, Krum's bat was about as useful as handling a plugged in toaster during an attempt at a relaxing bubble-bath.

Either the food at Tia’s Tex Mex Restaurant/Bar is really that good that you just don't want to leave, or, Krum's got some things to work out besides just his hitting.

It's probably time for someone in the Yankees organization to give Austin a modified version of the Dean Vernon Wormer speech.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at March 1, 2008 08:00 PM

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