Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Indians pitcher Joe Smith learned the hard way that the “do you know who I am” card doesn’t always work for relief pitchers.
Smith was involved in an incident in Put-in-Bay early Sunday morning, and while now charges were filed, a police report was taken.
The incident took place at a bar in Put-in-Bay called “Roundhouse bar.” The bar is located on Catawba Avenue.
According to the report, Smith tried to enter the bar about midnight with ID, and security at the bar questioned how old he is.
Smith, who by the way, is 28, told the security that he’s a pitcher for the Tribe, but the security didn’t budge as they didn’t know who he was.
One of the people with Smith told police “Roundhouse security became rude and disrespectful.” The officer in the report wrote that “Mr. Smith became upset with me because I did already not know who he was.”
It was then when the Tribe’s girlfriend (sportscaster Allie LaForce from Fox 8 in Cleveland) leaned and told the security as well that – “He’s a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians!”
Smith was removed from the bar by security, who the pitcher claims called him a name. The report says then that someone else tried to fight with the Tribe sinkerballer.
Officers then told Smith and his friend, who both were placed in handcuffs, that no charges or citations would be issued.
In an odd end to the story, the mother of Smith’s girlfriend reportedly then “held out a large folded stack of $100 bills to Ofc. Williams and said ‘Can you guys take a tip?’”
The officer gave the answer “we would not be taking any gratuities,” according to the report.
Smith has been with the Indians for the past four seasons, this year he’s 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 18 games, throwing 18.1 innings.