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Southington native MLB pitcher Pavano target of extortion bid

Shoulders impingement. DL expected.

The family of major league pitcher Carl Pavano told police that a former Southington High School classmate was trying to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano by threatening to reveal personal information about him, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by police earlier this month.

In the affidavit, Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, said Christian Bedard, 36, of Southington, was “attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information” and that he believes he can hold the Pavano family “hostage” with the information.

DeGennaro filed a complaint with Southington Police in December, after receiving messages from Bedard she considered harassing on the social networking site Facebook, The messages included demands for a luxury SUV.

“The only way your brother is getting out of this… is with a heart-felt apology and a navy Range Rover with tan leather,” Bedard said in one message to DeGennaro.

...In an interview Monday, Bedard said he was writing a journal as a way of giving closure to what he said was an “emotional and physical relationship” between him and Pavano which lasted for three years while the two were high school classmates.

“I’m sure they don’t want any of this getting out there,” Bedard said Monday.

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   1. flournoy Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4092067)
I'm not that old, so I guess I don't really know, but it seems to me that being 36 years old ought to give sufficient closure to any kind of high school relationship.
   2. Baseball Mogul 2003 Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:52 AM (#4092068)
Baseball needs more extortion victims like Carl Pavano.
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4092077)
Erik Bedard needs to come up with better pseudonyms.
   4. Greg K Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:46 AM (#4092083)
“The only way [you are] getting out of this… is with a heart-felt apology and a navy Range Rover with tan leather,”

I'm going to have to remember that line for the next time someone accidentally steps on my shoes in the street.

EDIT: Though really the focus is on the leather. If you want to phone in the apology I'm cool with that too.
   5. toratoratora Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:46 AM (#4092084)
Erik Bedard needs to come up with better pseudonyms.


Cashman really wants his money back
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:00 AM (#4092097)
Baseball needs more extortion victims like Carl Pavano.


Carl Pavano has an arm like a leg.


   7. Lassus Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:02 AM (#4092098)
I love how he specified that the exterior of the Range Rover had to be navy.
   8. Demitri Krotchliknioff Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4092108)
Mike Piazza could not be reached for comment.
   9. zack Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4092152)
“attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information”


I hate when people talk like this.
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4092160)
What about all the money Pavano extorted from the Yankees, at gunpoint?
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4092180)
I hate when people talk like this.


How were we supposed to know what kind of funds they were talking about without specifying "monetary?"
   12. zonk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4092188)
Can 'information' be fabricated and false? Doesn't it then cease to be 'information'?
   13. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4092215)
Can 'information' be fabricated and false? Doesn't it then cease to be 'information'?


2 negatives make a positive!
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4092231)
it depends--was the info falsely fabricated?
   15. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4092237)
it depends--was the info falsely fabricated?


We now have an industry that America leads the way in fabrication! Someone give Snapper a hug.
   16. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM (#4092241)
Who zapped the Sweeney thread without any explanation?
   17. philly Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4092244)
That's from the Meriden Record Journal. I delivered that paper as a kid!
   18. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4092246)
16: Jim did. He gave an explanation. Blame Sam.

That thread was a trainwreck anyway.
   19. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4092249)
Who zapped the Sweeney thread without any explanation?


Speaking of which, my bookmarks sidebar reads:

:
- 0

because of the deleted Castro thread. I suppose many people here see the same. It's like a permanent scar.
   20. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4092250)
16: Jim did. He gave an explanation. Blame Sam.

That thread was a trainwreck anyway.


Where's the explanation? All I see is a big black hole. The thread was there one minute and gone the next.
   21. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4092261)
Where's the explanation? All I see is a big black hole. The thread was there one minute and gone the next.

Jim said the discussion had gotten too negative and way too far off topic. I didn't really he nuked it. I thought he was just closing it.

The last few hundred comments of that thread weren't any sort of real discussion. It was just Hutcheson and something other yelling loudly and telling everyone how stupid they are (not to pick on the BBTF lefties. All political groups here are fully capable of behaving like animals. The discussion in that thread just seemed to bring out the worst in a handful of people).
   22. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4092267)
I found out when I clicked this:

Which, if you sit down and think it through without putting your "I hate Sam Hutcheson with the heat of a thousand suns" blinders on,

Stop.

Being poor and black is a "go to jail immediately, even if you didn't do anything notable" card. (See BBC's experiences of being made to lay prostrate on the ground while having her car searched, and ask yourself, do you *really* think there was probable cause to have *BBC* on the ground on the side of the road?) Being a young black man doubles that ante.

Of course that happens and of course it's terrible and the cops should be dismissed from the force and put in jail. But it isn't rectified by mob rule over the Zimmermann/Martin case. You're trying to alleviate a structural, systemic problem (tragedy) with symbols and totems that make Oprah and Spike Lee and other celebrities feel good. It's more the ineffectivness and pointlessness -- and, really, laziness -- of these mob rituals that annoys. Plus, of course, the fact that when they're wrong, injustice ensues -- e.g., Duke lacrosse.

___________________________________________________________

Putting people on ignore and closing threads is something I'm doomed never to comprehend.
   23. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4092270)
Let's not continue the discussion here. I think it's time for it to end. The Pavano thread could have been amusing. I apologize for answering Andy's question.
   24. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4092271)
Jim said the discussion had gotten too negative and way too far off topic. I didn't really he nuked it. I thought he was just closing it.

The last few hundred comments of that thread weren't any sort of real discussion. It was just Hutcheson and something other yelling loudly and telling everyone how stupid they are (not to pick on the BBTF lefties. All political groups here are fully capable of behaving like animals. The discussion in that thread just seemed to bring out the worst in a handful of people).


I agree that the thread had pretty much run its course, and I wouldn't have had any objection to Jim's simply saying, "no more comments". But that's not what he did.
   25. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4092272)
I'm done with it.

   26. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4092275)
I thought he was just closing it.


Closing is nuking. It goes away. Site owner and admin said the thread should go away. So it did. There's no reason to complain about that.

Blame Sam.


Of course.
   27. SoSH U at work Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4092279)
Where's the explanation? All I see is a big black hole. The thread was there one minute and gone the next.


He didn't nuke it. It's still there if you want to read it. Just type Sweeney Santorum into the search bar and it's right there.
   28. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4092281)
Blame Sam.

Of course.


Even if Jim hadn't mentioned your post, blaming you for anything bad is always a good idea :)
   29. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4092282)
Closing is nuking.

No it's not. "Closing" is "no more comments, but you can read what went before", such as the Socratic dialogue between you and Kehoskie. Nuking is what Jim did.
   30. SoSH U at work Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4092286)
No it's not. "Closing" is "no more comments, but you can read what went before", such as the Socratic dialogue between you and Kehoskie. Nuking is what Jim did.


No, he didn't.

It's right here.
   31. zonk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4092288)
The thread was acting suspiciously.

...and I say that only to be amusing...
   32. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4092293)
He didn't nuke it. It's still there if you want to read it. Just type Sweeney Santorum into the search bar and it's right there.

That's helpful, and it worked, and thanks. But when you see a thread removed from the Hot Topics and from your bookmarks, searching "Sweeney Santorum" is not the first thing that comes to mind.

Again, I have no problem with closing comments to that particular thread, just its disappearance from HT and Bookmarks. Anyone coming onto the site a bit later in the day would have had no idea what had happened.
   33. Guapo Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4092294)
The Sweeney thread was posted one day before my daughter was born, and it seems like we've had her forever now... it's strange to think of internet threads being older than people.

Anyway, it (the Sweeney thread, not my baby) had a good run.
   34. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4092295)
Even if Jim hadn't mentioned your post, blaming you for anything bad is always a good idea :)


Certainly. Ironically enough, I am the white devil.
   35. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4092301)
Anyone coming onto the site a bit later in the day would have had no idea what had happened.


Anyone coming to the site a bit later in the day and looking for that thread is familiar with the vagaries of political off-topicineering on BTF and the occasional disappearance of a thread, I think. It comes. It goes. I actually ended that thread agreeing with David. I'd hate for that to hang around so people could get the impression that that's normal behavior.
   36. Lassus Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4092302)
Jim explained the closing just fine, and as Guapo said, it had a good run. I don't miss it, nor do I have a problem with this closing vs. the previous two or three.

And, congrats, Guapo.
   37. billyshears Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4092305)
When referring to Facebook, I don't think we need to preface it with "the social networking site". It's kind of a big thing. There was a movie and everything. We all get it.
   38. formerly dp Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4092306)
Sam's the Rickey Henderson of getting threads closed. No one's even close to his record, and no one has a shot of catching him. His glory days are clearly behind him-- his pace has slowed, and his edge has dulled-- but there are no prospects on the horizon who look to mount a challenge. Something Other's trying, but just lacks Sam's finesse.
   39. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4092308)
Sam's the Rickey Henderson of getting threads closed. No one's even close to his record, and no one has a shot of catching him. His glory days are clearly behind him-- his pace has slowed, and his edge has dulled-- but there are no prospects on the horizon who look to mount a challenge. Something Other's trying, but just lacks Sam's finesse.


Does this mean I have to sign with the Mets?
   40. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4092310)
When referring to Facebook, I don't think we need to preface it with "the social networking site". It's kind of a big thing. There was a movie and everything. We all get it.


I'm sure there is a sizable percentage of people (particularly older people) who do not know what Facebook is. My father is 66 years old which is not especially old and he recently asked what "that My Face" thing on the internet is. When writing for a general audience I think it is wise for the writer to explain more precisely, particularly when it can be done so efficiently. "The social networking site Facebook..." is hardly a lengthy tangent.
   41. formerly dp Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4092315)
His glory days are clearly behind him-- his pace has slowed, and his edge has dulled

Does this mean I have to sign with the Mets?

Case in point.
   42. billyshears Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4092318)
Does this mean I have to sign with the Mets?


It actually means you already signed with the Mets.
   43. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4092320)
It actually means you already signed with the Mets.


Who's Bonilla in this analogy?
   44. formerly dp Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4092322)
Who's Bonilla in this analogy?

Please don't use that horrible word again, at least until we stop paying him.
   45. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM (#4092328)
Please don't use that horrible word again, at least until we stop paying him.


Anybody got a pack of cards?
   46. formerly dp Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4092338)
Anybody got a pack of cards?

The bar for classy in our organization is set at "not spraying reporters with bleach."
   47. Greg K Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4092341)
The other issue is if someone out there doesn't know what "Facebook" means, are they likely to hear "social networking site" and think..."ah, ok I got it now"?

Maybe I'm way off base, but it seems similar to a baseball illiterate asking "what's a slider?" and answering with "it's an off-speed pitch".
   48. billyshears Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4092346)
Who's Bonilla in this analogy?


You know what they say about the sucker at the table when playing poker? If you don't know who it is . . .

Look on the bright side, it means you're getting paid for the next 25 years.
   49. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4092347)
searching "Sweeney Santorum" is not the first thing that comes to mind.

Searching "Sweeney Santorum" is the first thing I do every day. Nothing like some Sweeney Santorum to get you out of bed in the morning.
   50. zonk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4092352)
Does this mean I have to sign with the Mets?


I think it definitely means you need to start referring to yourself in the third person more...
   51. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4092353)
The other issue is if someone out there doesn't know what "Facebook" means, are they likely to hear "social networking site" and think..."ah, ok I got it now"?


I Sam Hutcheson agrees with this post.

</obligatory baseball-thread related post>
   52. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: March 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4092370)
The personal information about Pavano is that he wore a hoodie and ate Skittles.
   53. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4092391)
*gold star*
   54. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4092420)
The family of major league pitcher Carl Pavano told police that a former Southington High School classmate was trying to extort money and a luxury SUV from Pavano by threatening to reveal personal information about him,
"The Yankees paid Carl Pavano $40 million for 145 innings of an 87 ERA+."
   55. Bhaakon Posted: March 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4092523)
“attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information”



I hate when people talk like this.


Hey now, the repetition of superfluous synonyms (or near synonyms) has been a staple of oratory since at least the Romans.
   56. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4092533)
searching "Sweeney Santorum" is not the first thing that comes to mind.

Searching "Sweeney Santorum" is the first thing I do every day. Nothing like some Sweeney Santorum to get you out of bed in the morning.


I've got Sweeney Santorum as my screen saver. My computer is greasier and more opaque than the camera lens they use to shoot Barbara Walters on "The View."
   57. villageidiom Posted: March 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4092541)
I'm not that old, so I guess I don't really know, but it seems to me that being 36 years old ought to give sufficient closure to any kind of high school relationship.
Never mind, I'll find someone like yoooouuuu...
   58. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM (#4092593)
Not complaining about the thread closing, but it's funny that after all that was happening there, Sam's "for those who are slow" comment was the last straw.

Don't people make a comment similar to that in, like, every third thread?
   59. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4092614)
Not complaining about the thread closing, but it's funny that after all that was happening there, Sam's "for those who are slow" comment was the last straw.

Don't people make a comment similar to that in, like, every third thread?
If you weren't so dumb, you'd know the answer to that.
   60. Dave Spiwak Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4092620)
2 negatives make a positive!

Yeah, right!
(from the linguist-professor joke about a double-positive making a negative)
   61. Dave Spiwak Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4092621)
it's strange to think of internet threads being older than people.


It will be less strange to you if you start naming you children after Internet threads.

(Sweeney Santorum is an obvious choice.)
   62. zonk Posted: March 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4092626)
It will be less strange to you if you start naming you children after Internet threads.


My kids Petco, John F Mabry, and Ring Ding have gotten by just fine -- my daughter, John F Mabry, complains sometimes but I think that's just because she's developing a thing for Jeremy Giambi.
   63. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4092635)

I didn't know Pavano was from Southington...I have a couple of friends who are teachers there.
   64. Lassus Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4092655)
It will be less strange to you if you start naming you children after Internet threads.

I don't think naming your child O.J. at this point would be a good idea.
   65. Spahn Insane Posted: March 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4092659)
Who's Bonilla in this analogy?

Please don't use that horrible word again, at least until we stop paying him.


Just how long do you think Sam has to live, exactly?
   66. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM (#4092673)
Just how long do you think Sam has to live, exactly?


Sam Hutcheson will live forever. Sam Hutcheson is the white devil!
   67. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM (#4092685)
If you weren't so dumb, you'd know the answer to that.


I know you are, but what am I?
   68. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4093146)
Apparently the classmate threatened to reveal a gay relationship he had with Pavano unless he got an apology. And a navy Range Rover SUV with tan leather. No word if he wanted the Sirius XM radio or the extended warranty.
   69. Blubaldo Jimenez (OMJ) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4093185)
Apparently the classmate threatened to reveal a gay relationship he had with Pavano unless he got an apology. And a navy Range Rover SUV with tan leather.


Yea, those cars are faaaaaaabulous.
   70. Zach Posted: March 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4093248)
“The only way your brother is getting out of this… is with a heart-felt apology and a navy Range Rover with tan leather,” Bedard said in one message to DeGennaro.

What an inadvertently great line. It's a little overwrought to start, but it reaches fabulous levels of delusion by the end. You can almost see the initiative driving away from him in a luxury SUV.

Note to blackmailers: don't talk price. It makes you look weak. Talk threat, and let the victim talk price.

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