A farmer, an Italian man and a shortstop walk into a bar...
As serious as this is, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. After being accused of shooting a Dominican farmer in October, Juan Uribe has received permission from a judge to attend spring training in Arizona.
Under the ruling, the Chicago White Sox shortstop will no longer have to appear in court twice a month in the Dominican Republic for the remainder of the case. Instead, he must put down $15,400, guaranteeing he will make his next scheduled court appearance, set for March 17th. Cause that's a lot of money to a major league ballplayer?
The farmer, Antonio Gonzalez Perez, accused Uribe of shooting him after an argument near his hometown. An Italian man who also was shot, curiously did not file charges.
Uribe, 27, hit .235 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last season and is set to make $4.15 million this year.