Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 12/27/12
Former MLB closer Ugueth “Uggie” Urbina was released from a Venezuelan prison five and a half years in to his 14 year sentence for trying to make his workers in to human Moltov cocktails and hacking them up with a machete, all because he thought they stole one of his guns. I’ve never been to Venezuelan prison, but I can imagine five and a half years probably felt like 14, and if Uggie was on his best behavior who am I to say he shouldn’t be let out early? My issue here is the reaction that his release has garnered from his former friends and colleagues. The news broke on Twitter with his son tweeting out this picture and saying ”Finally with my father!” I get being excited to see your dad, even if he is a machete wielding lunatic. Family is family, and no amount of violent outbursts will change the fact that Juan Urbina is the fruit of Uggie’s homicidal loins. Soon after the news broke, Bobby Abreu gave his feelings about his being released. “I’m very happy because my buddy is currently free,” Abreu said. “Anyone who knows him well, knows his humanity, regardless of the (incident). I love and respect him a lot.” Humanity? Is it “humane” to do this to another person?   I don’t own a gun, so I can’t say just how I would react if someone stole one from me, but I’d hope that it would be a little more “humane” than this. Maybe I’m missing the point. Urbina has apparently served his debt to society, so who am I to take issue with people – especially his friends – being happy that he’s out. Uggie was a closer who thrived off his emotions, he could have very easily gotten carried away that day. Everyone loses control of their emotions from time to time, but usually that doesn’t result in chasing your workers around the family compound with a can of gasoline and a tool used for clearing a trail through the jungle. The best part about the whole story is that while he was in prison he continued to pitch. With reports saying that he has been clocked over 90mph. This prompted reporters to ask his former Venezuelan team GM whether or not Urbina still had a place on the team now that he was a free man. Juan Vicente Zerpa, manager of the Leones de Caracas of the Venezuelan winter league, said he would “welcome” Urbina on his team. “He already paid his debt to society,” Zerpa said. “This is his home; our doors are open to Ugueth Urbina. He is a Lion.” If Uguie Urbina is a lion then he’s much more like the Tsavo Man Eaters from the movie Ghost in the Darkness than Christian the Lion. All I’m saying is if you see Uguie Urbina at a gas station near you – be careful. Lion’s, no matter how well trained, have a natural inclination towards violence.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Joe Philbin not worried about being fired

NFL deciding how to share random PSI data during season

Report: LeSean McCoy has tear in hamstring

Report: Jay Cutler expected to play hurt against Raiders

Report: Marshawn Lynch not likely to play against Lions

WATCH: Adrien Broner uses Bruce Jenner zinger after win


ESPN explains reason for Dabo Swinney interview error

Brian Kelly: Kizer made right call on 2-point play

Jim Mora calls UCLA's upcoming schedule 'a complete injustice'

Tommy Tuberville returned to Auburn, lined up at Tiger Walk

WATCH: Arizona State pushes pile 20 yards on TD run

Jim McElwain still won't name Will Grier Florida's starter

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Philbin not worried about job status

London PR guy trolls Suh

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Time for Neymar's Barcelona

Seth Rollins, WWE depth, Divas and winning

Madison Keys and the future of women’s tennis

Most underrated games in NFL Week 4

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker