Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 5/22/12

I don’t need to tell you that being a professional athlete has its perks, but even the benefits of fame in the sports world has its limitations, especially when you’re a little known relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians with a rather common name.

The Tribe’s Joe Smith was involved in an altercation with bar staff at the Roundhouse Bar in Put-In-Bay, Ohio early Sunday morning.  Smith tried to get into the bar but was stopped by the doormen who questioned the 28-year-old Smith’s age.  Without identification on him, Smith tried the old “I’m a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians” routine, which might have worked for Bob Feller or even Joe Mesa, but not for a middling reliever on the current Indians roster.

Words were exchanged (someone in Smith’s party claim the bouncers became “rude and disrespectful”), cops were dispatched, and Smith and his companion ended up in handcuffs.  Fortunately for Smith and his friend, no charges or citations were issued.

From NewsNet5.com…

It was at this point in Smith’s explanation of events to police that the officer remarked in the report that “Mr. Smith became upset with me because I did already not know who he was.”

The report then said that the pitcher’s girlfriend leaned forward and stated, “He’s a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians!”

Smith told officers that a bar security member called him a name before removing him from the property, and then someone else tried to fight with Smith.

Officers then told Smith and his friend — both of whom had been placed in handcuffs — that no charges or citations would be issued.

That friend of Smith’s who tried helping his cause by letting everyone know that yes, he was THAT Joe Smith who pitches for the Cleveland Indians was his girlfriend, former Miss Teen USA and current sports reporter for FOX’s Cleveland affiliate Allie LaForce.  So while he may not be a recognizable face in and around the Cleveland area, and his sense of entitlement doens’t always get fulfilled from his being a pro athlete, at least he can take solace in knowing that he’s going out with someone who looks like this while most of us aren’t…

If Joe Smith wants to stay out the next time he frequents a drinking establishment, he should either remember his identification, or just let his attractive and semi-famous girlfriend do all the talking.  Trust me, both options will work seamlessly.

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