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A bad night out in Tampa

There are plenty of things to do in Tampa. You could hang out at Busch Gardens. Maybe visit the zoo. Dinner at Bern's is never a bad idea.

Here's an idea that's not so good: getting so drunk that you lose your memory, as well as your World Series championship ring worth 10 grand.

A pitching coach in the Yankees' farm system lost a $10,000 World Series ring and a team-issued cell phone after a night of partying with two women in Tampa. According to police, here's essentially what happened: Pat Daneker, 34, came back to his hotel room at a Holiday Inn Express around 3 a.m. on May 30 with two women he met at the Blue Martini. The women, according to the report, were wearing "short mini skirts.'' He stopped by the hotel's ATM and then went to his room with the women. Then he doesn't remember what happened after that. The report said he was "extremely intoxicated.''

A hotel clerk said the women left around 3:15 a.m. without Daneker, who then told the clerk about the missing items around 4 a.m. The clerk called Tampa Police. Danaker also reported missing a second personal cell phone and around $120.

Daneker is a pitching coach for the Yankees short-season Single-A team in Staten Island. The Baby Bombers, as they are affectionately called, don't open their season until June 18. Tampa, of course, is the minor-league hub and spring-training home for the New York Yankees, but a team official said Daneker was not in town in an official team capacity.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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