Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has revealed he paid a fine of $200 with 20,000 pennies after being ejected from a spring training game two years ago.
The incident occurred when Adrian Beltre got tossed and Washington left the dugout to stand up for his player. The umpire didn't take to kindly to Washington's and gave him sent him out.
He was fined $200 for the infringement but instead of slipping a couple of crisp $100 notes in an envelope or a check to the MLB head office in New York, he paid a delivery company $45 to ship a crate of 20,000 pennies.
“Beltre was yelling from the dugout, ‘It was outside!' And the umpire threw him out of the game because he told Beltre to stop and Beltre didn't stop. And then I went out there and argued with him and I said something I shouldn't have said.”
The undoubtedly heavy box was shipped to Bob Watson, MLB vice president in charge of discipline, who immediately rang the manager to question what he had just received.
Watson reportedly said: “And you just had $200 in pennies hanging around??
To which Washington responded: “Yes. Bob, I didn't have my checkbook. I wasn't trying to be funny. Now go to the bank and put that in the [change] machine and get your $200.”
However, Washington's fun and games could've ended in him paying an even bigger fine as paying bills with a large quantity of pennies is a fineable offence in itself.