What's in a name?

By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 4, 2009

The suspect’s name is Everardo Daniel Ordonez, and he played first base for the Linda Vista team (from Guadeloupe) that won the LLWS in 1997. Another suspect in the case, Gustava Gialil Baca Marcos, is the brother of one of Mexico’s most famous ballplayers, Daniel Baca Marcos, who pitches professionally for the Mexico City Red Devils. Observant baseball fans will notice that this is the same team for which Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria played.

Apparently Ordonez and Gustava Gialil Baca Marcos kidnapped an 18 year old and kept him at a home owned by Daniel Baca Marcos. Authorities have yet to link the star pitcher to the crime, but the investigation, as they say, is continuing.

Prominent South or Latin American baseball players have been inveigled into kidnapping scandals with increasing frequency of late, but usually as victims (think former Red Sox Ugueth Urbina) and not as perpetrators. Seventy-five points for these two hombres.

Every year, it seems, someone on a Super Bowl team gets arrested for some dumb thing and we end up having to hear about it nine hundred thousand times before the damned game. Some, like the Barret Robbins case, are at least interesting. The case involving backup Steeler tight end Jon Dekker is not. Dekker — who busted up his knee in August and was on injured reserve all season — got drunk at a party in Alexandria, Virginia, and then tried to run away from cops this past week. Give him one lousy point, mostly for wasting our time.

When he’s not googling “Dane’s cooked” and “Laffy Caffey,” Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He can be reached at m_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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