Oh, no! Another say-it-ain't-so day: Say it ain't so, Pedro Ramos.
Last we heard of the fleet-footed Cuban import who pitched nobly trying to keep the Washington Senators of 1955-60 respectable, he was running his own cigar factory in Miami; still is. But now, he has been arrested in what police call a $2 million drug bust -- the allegedly damning evidence starting with a kild (two pounds plus) of cociane, concealed in a cigar box.
The stuff, Dade Country police said after Tuesday night's arrest and Ramos' release on $16,275 bond yesterday, was in a car in which tipped-off officers found Ramos, his brother and a third man. Police charge they saw Ramos trying to hide a pistol beneath the seat; that they then entered his home on a search warrant and found two more kilos of cocaine and two more guns.
So Ramos, 44, a 1964 Yankee pennant hero in September relief, faces arraignment on narcotics trafficking and firearms charges.
He closed out a seven-club, 117-160 career with a four-game stint back in Washington, 1970, and a lot of friends here, you can bet, will be saying: Say it ain't so, Pete . . .
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